By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
The Cannon County Junior Lions will get an earlier-than-usual start to the 2014 season when it plays host to Red Boiling Springs in the season opener Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
That also meant practices started earlier in the summer. The Lions began practicing July 7. While participating has been good it is still hard to get everyone on the same page in the middle of summer.
Cannon County will be under new leadership for the first time in several years in 2014. Longtime coach Randy Farnsworth resigned following last season. Jason Elrod is in his first season as the Lions’ head coach.
“We have had good practices but you always wish you had more time,” Elrod said. “The players have been working hard and learning. We are excited about getting the season started (Thursday).”
The schedule lines up well for the young squad with the first three games at home, as well as four of the first five. In fact, Cannon County has just three road games in 2014.
Cannon County has good size and quality at the skill positions, including quarterback Charlie Parrish, running back Gage Jones and receiver Alex Clark but depth is always an issue.