By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Despite limited time to prepare for an early season opener against Red Boiling Springs, Cannon County’s Junior Lions played like a team in midseason form at Schwartz Field Thursday.
Gabe Elrod and Charlie Parrish each scored first-half touchdowns, the team defense was tremendous and special teams also performed well with Gage Jones performing kicking and punting duties.
Elrod provided Cannon County’s first score of the game with a 12-yard run in the first quarter.
It would be all the Lions would need; however, Parrish broke loose for a 25-yard scamper into the end zone to provide a cushion and give the Lions a 14-0 first-half lead.
Cannon County also had success through the air as Ty St. John hauled in a 35-yard reception from Parrish.
Bryson Bell, Blake Farless and Remington James helped pave the way along the offensive line as the Lions were able to run with success.
Cannon County’s defense was stingy and swarming to the football. Red Boiling Springs did not cross midfield until after halftime.
Jory Isenhart and Elrod each had a fumble recovery. Cort Litchford, Blake Douglas, Alex Clark and Parrish also led the defensive superlatives.
Red Boiling Springs was never able to move the ball with any consistency against the Lions in the first half and it only enjoyed limited success in the second half.
The Junior Lions will return to the gridiron when they play host to Mt. Juliet Christian Thursday at 6:30 p.m.