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Eagles Dominate Playoff Game

The Eagle defense has dominated teams all season

The Eagles of Jacksboro Middle School are one step closer to making history. On Tuesday night as the sun dipped below the horizon and the air cooled down the Eagles brought the heat to Gibson Field as the bulldogs of Claiborne County came to town for the divisional round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Playoffs.
Much like earlier in the season the Bulldogs were no match for the Eagles. CJ Allen struck the first blow in the contest as he took the ball in seven yards for the touchdown and also caught the 2 point conversion from Hunter White. It was all Eagles after that. White threw a pair of touchdown passes to Desmond Gilbert(53 yards) and Aaron Ellison (41 yards) for two more touchdowns. The Bulldogs tried to rally but Zac Brady stopped them dead in their tracks as he ended the half with an interception.

The Eagle offense is a potent coonterpart to the dominating defense.

The second half was more of the same for the Eagles. Though the Bulldogs managed to pull off an onside kick recovery they were once again shut down by the Eagles. Allen plowed through the Claiborne defense for his second touchdown of the evening. Then on the following kickoff the Bulldogs mysteriously backed off the live ball which was recovered by Ellison. Ellison the capitalized for another touchdown and Skylar Clawson caught the 2 point pass. Riley Faulkner was the final Eagle to find the endzone and the Peyton Tackett sealed the Bulldogs fate with an interception.

The Eagles are now 9-0 on the season and will be playing for the TMSAA Title Saturday October 28th on Pat Kerr Field in L Hope Dossett Stadium on the hill at CCHS.

Eagles Make History In Jellico Win

The Eagle 8th Graders

Eagle Football is no stranger to success. Jacksboro High School had a proud football tradition. In the mid 80’s the school became a middle school as the freshmen moved up to CCHS. It was not long after that the Eagles had their first undefeated season.

Fast forward to 2017 and not much has changed. The Eagles have carried on the traditions laid out by the previous teams. But this 2017 Eagle squad has something special going. Most of the starters have been in their roles for two years, and in the case of running back CJ Allen he has seen significant playing time since he was in 6th grade.

On Thursday night it all came to a special culmination. On8th Grade night the Blue Devils of Jellico came down the mountain to face an Eagle team that had won its previous seven games, including a forfeit win as Norwood refused to come play the Eagles. Though the Blue Devils put up a valiant fight the Eagles came out on top 50-6 to finish the regular season undefeated.

This is a rare feat for any team. The last time the Eagles put an undefeated season together was two decades ago. That 1997 Eagle team featured a ton of talent and was quarterbacked by none other than Cougar Head Coach Justin Price. There were many similarities in the teams as both had potent defenses that held opponents all but scoreless.

Another high note from the game was CJ Allen. The Eagle’s primary running back joined the elite 1,000 yard club on his second touchdown of the game. Allen’s feat was especially impressive as he had no stat line in the Norwood game as it was a forfeit. Allen’s running back coach Brent Lester was one of the first Eagle running backs to hit 1,000 yards in the middle school era.

Now the Eagles must prepare for the post season. They will have a first round playoff bye thanks to their undefeated season but it will not be a week of rest. The Eagles will be working hard as they will host a second round game at Gibson Field and if they advance there they will play on Pat Kerr Field at L. Hope Dossett Stadium at CCHS. No Eagle team has ever won a TMSAA title in football.

Lady Cougar Volleyballers Earn All-District Honors

Tiarra Slover

Yesterday saw the Lady Cougar Volleyball season ended in the district tournament at Oak Ridge High School. TheLady Cougars fell three sets to one against the Lady Red Devils of Halls. They did have a good win in set three as they won the second set 25-16. The Lady Cougars have seen much improvement over the season and have won more than any other team in the history of the program.

In addition to their good season a number of Lady Cougars earned All-District Honors. Anna Cain, Tiarra Slover, and Destiny Wormsley were all named to the first team. Lauren Graves, Emily Ward and Lexy Richardson were all honorable mentions.

Now that the season is over the Lady Cougars will begin their off season program. This includes working out, playing travel league volleyball, and attending a variety of camps. This off season routine has made it possible for the team to improve to the level it is on.

Cougar Talk: Lady Cougars Close Regular Season

Katie Condry

The Lady Cougars closed the regular season out at home Monday night as they played a game vs Karns that had been canceled earlier in the season due to inclement weather. The game had big repercussions on the line as the winner of the game would host the loser in the opening round of the District Tournament on Monday, October 9th.

The action started out fast for Karns and poorly for the Lady Cougars. Karns was able to press the attack and turned it into an early 2-0 lead. It must have looked like a “here we go again” situation from the point of view of the Cougars. Karns defeated the team 13-1 last season. The defensive side of the field seemed to settle and keeper Aydan Massengill managed to keep the Beavers in check the rest of the half. Cougars senior star Lindsay Horton added a goal before the half and the Lady Cougars trailed 2-1 at the break.

Aydan Massengill

Following a very motivational halftime speech by Coach Bryan Horton and Coach Daniel Lasley, the Lady Cougars came out determined to play better soccer. They once again played great defense vs the Lady Beavers but couldn’t seem to get much going on offense. Samantha Lasley moved around to several position trying to give the Lady Cougars the needed spark to tie the game up. Finally the opportunity came in the 76th minute of play. A Lady Beaver put a hand on the ball inside their own box as the Lady Cougars had been pressing for shots on goal in the final minutes of the game. This afforded Lindsay Horton with the penalty kick. She nailed it into the left side of the net and the score was tied 2-2.

There would be no more scoring before the horn sounded with the game at 2-2. This led to penalty kicks. No kick in soccer is tougher to stop than the penalty kick. It’s the keeper 1 vs 1 with what is usually the best goal scorers the other team has out there. The person kicking the ball knows where they want to go and the keeper doesn’t Massengill once again came up big and managed a few critical saves. This allowed 3 made kicks from Bethany McKamey, Katie Condry and Lindsay Horton to push the Lady Cougars to the 5-4 victory as the darkness descended upon the soccer pitch at CCHS. The win means the Lady Cougars host game 1 of the District Tournament next Monday against these same Karns Lady Beavers.

Cougar Football Cracks Top Ten

After seven weeks of football the Cougars have cracked the Associated Press Top Ten List. The Cougars come in ranked tenth after this week’s big win over the Panthers of Powell. The Cougars are now 5-1 on the season with their only loss being to Oak Ridge.

The only other region opponent currently in the top ten is Fulton. The Falcons are new to 5A but have won multiple state titles on the 4A level. Their only loss came at the hand of long time powerhouse Maryvile. The Cougars and Falcons will square of on October 13th, which is also Senior Night for the Cougars.