By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
No current member of the Cannon County football team knows what it is like to win a home football game.
They hope that trend changes as Cannon County looks to end a 22-game home losing streak when it plays host to Red Boiling Springs Friday (Sept. 12) at Schwartz Field.
Cannon County last home win was against Upperman in the 2009 regular-season finale.
The Lions ended a 22-game overall losing streak when it won, 28-25, at Red Boiling Springs last season.
“We have great support at home and we want to play well all the time but especially in front of our fans at home,” said senior A.J. Daniel. “We have great fans and they have always been there supporting us no matter what. It would be great to get a win for them, and for us.”
Players says they don’t think about the losing streak Rather, they have worked hard to try to end it.
“We play hard and do our best,” stellar two-way standout Ethan Smith said. “I wasn’t aware we had lost that many in a row at home until I read it somewhere. We have to focus on the things we can control and keep working to get better. This is a big game for us.”
Cannon County (0-2) will have its hands full against Red Boiling Springs (1-2). The visitors have been competitive in two losses, dropping a 14-13 decision against Jackson County and falling to Gordonsville, 34-26, last week.
“Red Boiling Springs has been competitive in all three of its games and they will come in here ready to play,” Lions Head Coach T.J. Daniel said. “We have had an extra week to prepare with the bye week last week so that has been good for us. We have worked on correcting some things and continuing to work hard to improve as a football team.”
Cannon County will move forward without the services of junior linebacker/tight end Bo Bryson, who suffered a knee injury against Jackson County and is out for the remainder of the season.
Bryson’s loss is a big blow for a team that was already struggling offensively and is averaging six points per contest.
His loss also will be felt on the defensive side of the football as Bryson was one of the team’s top all-around playmakers.
“This is when other players have to step up,” Coach Daniel said. “You are always one play away from being a starter. We just have to execute better on offense and we have to eliminate turnovers that are costing us.”
Cannon County’s defense is yielding 38 points and will have to slow a Red Boiling Springs offense that is averaging 30 points per game in its first three contests, including a 51-0