By DAVID HUNTER
The Cannon County high school football team had its 2015 home opener on Aug. 28 against Jackson County with a special tribute to those who played in the past for the program. Even though, the score was disappointing, the atmosphere surrounding the game was pretty cool for somebody experiencing it for the first time like myself.
Ever since I became the new sports reporter at this newspaper back in February, the thing which has been awesome to see is the support of the community no matter which Lions or Lionettes team is competing at the time. Of course, I have seen it in full effect with the success of the basketball teams last winter, and it continued throughout the spring sports.
Now, as the 2015-16 school year has begun, the tremendous support has continued with the fall sports, including football. As everyone knows football is king at all levels around the county, so I was really excited to cover my first CCHS football game last week.
Even though, the success has been hard to come by on the field during the past few years, each of the players who strap up every week for the Lions leave it all on the field no matter what the final score is at the end of the game. The cool thing is the community has been there every step of the way, and I know it means a lot to the players.
Last week, started with one of the best football games I had ever covered at any levels when the Junior Lions snapped a long losing streak to their hated rivals, DeKalb County, in unbelievable fashion with a come from behind 28-26 win on Aug. 27.
Of course, Wade Love had four touchdown runs of over 50 yards, including a 77-yarder with a little over a minute left in the game to tie the score, and his two-point conversion won the game for CC. The defense led by Remington James, Jacob Brock and Brady Cunningham sealed the win by causing two turnovers. Congrats to the Junior Lions for a huge win, which might be remembered for a long time to come around here.
Speaking of history, the CCHS football team went old school by wearing throwback jerseys, which were mustard yellow with red numbers and the word Lions on the back above the number. Most of the current players changed numbers to honor those former players who have helped build the CCHS program.