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.