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Trousdale Win Doesnt Come Easy ~ MCHS Fights to Keep Margin Close PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, September 9, 2010

By: Misty Green
The Macon County High School Tigers opened the 2010 football season last Friday night, August 20, on the creek bank of Hartsville, Tennessee.

Hundreds of Tiger fans traveled to the Yellow Jacket stadium hoping to see the blue and white team give Trousdale County a fight, even though some thought the outcome might resemble last year’s 49-34 thrash, with Hartsville’s second string ruling most of the game.

The Jackets opened the first quarter with touchdown run, however the extra-point kick failed. The Tigers needed to answer the score, with a few points of their own, but were forced to turn the ball over on downs before the clock ran out.

Trousdale immediately scored on the opening possession of the second period, followed by a successful two-point conversion, to lead Macon County 14-0. The Tigers were then able to pick up their first-1st down at the Yellow Jackets 44 yard line, hoping to finally force a change of events. Zack Shockley rushed to the 36-yard line for 2&1, that was answered with a new set of downs. On the next play, the Tigers fumbled the ball, and as luck would have it, last year’s state champions was there to recover it.

Knowing this was something they could not afford to let happen, Macon County stepped up their defensive game. The Yellow Jackets picked up one yard, then threw three incomplete passes to turn the ball back over to the Tigers. Macon was racing to recover the blunder and on a 2nd & 10, Trousdale helped the Tigers achieve a free first down with unsportsmanlike conduct. Tiger quarterback Dallas Grace then landed his first complete pass to Shockley, who landed just short of a new set of downs at the 31 yard line. Illegal procedure was called against Macon County, placing the football on the 36. Tyler Drown rushed for three yards, followed by a run by Shockley, placing the ball on the 29. Two in-completes turned the ball back over to TCHS. Maverick Hesson stopped Hartsville at the 26 yard line, however the next play held a complete pass that ended in a 54-yard touchdown for Hartsville, TCHS 21, Macon County 0.

Zack Shockley returned the ball from the 10 to the 36 yard line, where the Tigers proceeded to set up shop, with 2:37 left in the second period. Dallas Grace sailed a complete pass to Tyler Eller, who rushed to the 46 yard line.

Extracurricular activities from the Jackets ended in a 15-yard penalty, placing the ball on the 30, then a quarterback keeper put the line of scrimmage at the 19 yard line. Two hand-offs from Grace to Shockley landed the Tigers at the eight-yard line. Grace scored Macon County’s first touchdown of the night, however laundry was thrown on the field due to illegal motion against the Tigers, nulling the points, and moving MCHS back to the 14. Time was quickly dwindling, and the Tigers needed to make their mark in the first half. Coming to the line, Grace threw a complete pass to Eller who was tackled just short of the goal. 0:18 marked the game clock. An incomplete pass used the third down. On the Tigers last shot in the half, Grace faked a keeper and sailed the ball towards Tyler Eller waiting in the endzone, but the ball was tipped by a Yellow Jacket defender. With no time left on the clock, junior TE/LB Jacob Salyer jumped up from behind the line to complete the pass and grab the touchdown. Freshman kicker Carson Cook aimed the ball through the uprights to enter the halftime break with seven points of their own. Macon 7, Trousdale 21.

“We finally put one in the endzone,” Tiger’s new head coach Mark Pemberton said entering the locker room, “We plan to continue doing the same,” he smiled.

Trousdale achieved another touchdown in the middle of the third quarter, to lead Macon 28-7. At 2:29, the football was in the Tiger’s possession. At the 20 yard line, MCHS was on their third try and needed one yard to pick up a new set of downs. Dallas Grace’s complete pass to Jacob Salyer picked up the yard, however referees blew the whistle. As the call came in, the bleachers roared when Trousdale County was cited for pulling a horse collar, placing the ball on over to the 7-yard line. On the next play, Grace was attempting a QB keeper, but didn’t like what he saw, and called for a time out. Returning to the line of scrimmage, Grace threw a complete pass to Salyer for the touchdown, followed by Cook’s extra-pt. kick. Tigers now trail 28-14.

The kick return after the touchdown placed the Yellow Jackets at the 30-yard line with less than one minute remaining in the quarter.

Hartsville’s quarterback released the pass. Tiger nose guard Alex Bilbrey shifted spots and tackled the intended Jacket, as Grace intercepted for a 54-yard touchdown. The extra-point kick was good, Macon 21, Trousdale 28.

Carson Cook signaled to kickoff the football and missed his aim, accidently hitting one of the side-line cheerleaders, who was uninjured. With fifteen seconds left in the third quarter, Trousdale County opened up a hole that ended in the endzone, to now lead 35-21.

Opening the fourth quarter, Macon County’s Zack Shockley barreled through the line of scrimmage to add another touchdown to Macon’s side of the scoreboard. The extra-points failed, Macon County shadowed Trousdale 35-27.

The fourth quarter passed quickly as both teams continued giving their all. Macon County fought hard to recover and Trousdale seemed stunned at their improved Tiger opponent.

The Yellow Jackets kept possession of the ball for most of the last period, until the Tigers forced a turnover by blocking a 28-yard field goal attempt, with 2:34 left in the contest. Macon County was unable to capitalize any additional touchdowns, and as time ran out on the clock, Hartsville added one more run to the scoreboard to make the final score 48-27.

The Tigers were down 21-0 by the in-house defending state champions and was only one touchdown behind at one point in the game. It has been several years since the tables were close to being turned, giving Tigers fans hope for the future games to come.

Macon County plans to host the Commanders of Friendship Christian next Friday, August 27, 2010. Kick off at 7 p.m. Watch out Friendship Christian, there’s a new team in town.

Jr. Tigers 0-2 After Visit to Westmoreland PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Westmoreland routed visiting Macon County 26-0 in a middle school football game on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at the Eagle Stadium.
Both of the Eagles touchdowns came in the second quarter, which gave the Eagles a 20-0 halftime lead, which was a task for either team, considering that the entire first half and most of the third quarter was played in a steady rain.
The Tigers received the kickoff to start the second half and kept the ball for nearly the entire third period before turning it over on downs at the Eagles’ 11-yard line with 32.3 seconds remaining in the quarter. Macon County denied Westmoreland any attempts at scoring in the third period.
Westmoreland would polish off the night with one more touchdown, when Michael Evans returned an interception 30 yards into the end zone with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter.
In the contest, Macon County attempted nine passes, completing four, and Westmoreland attempted one successful pass. Macon recorded 33 offensive plays for 79 yards, and Westmoreland marked 28 for a total of 210. No fumbles were recorded on either team. Westmoreland accumulated 7 penalties for 60 yards, and Macon County marked 2 penalties for 10 yards.
For Macon County, running back Tanner Lowhorn led Macon County with 67 yards on 13 rushing attempts; quarterback Logan Grace made 4 of 8 attempts, and had 5 rushes for 8 yards. Defensively, Brett Davis made 12 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.
Macon County will travel to Cannon County on Thursday, Aug. 26.
MCHS Golf Team Out Puts White House on the Green PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, September 9, 2010

MCHS golf team was scheduled to hold a match on August 17, 2010 at the course in Macon County but due to rain the match was canceled. On August 19, 2010 they traveled to Springfield, TN to The Legacy Golf Course for a match against White House High School. Playing the back nine, the MCHS boys won with a total score of 164 to White House’s 184.  

MCHS’ individual scores: Ian Whittemore 39, Austin Williams 39, Zach Polston 42, Collin Linville 44, Ryan Thompson 44, Trey Reid 46, Zach Swaffer 47 and Trenton Duffer 50.

The MCHS girls won their match with a score of 94 against White House High School scoring 121.  

MCHS girl’s individual scores were Kaleigh Chitwood 45, Savannah Knight 49, Kaitlin Cartwright 49, Lauren Gammons 54, Leah Johnson 55, Delanie Johnson 58, and Macy Kemp 65.

Next week, Monday and Tuesday are home matches and Wednesday, Macon County will travel to Clarksville, TN. Thursday, August 26th MCHS will compete at Mt. Juliet.

MCHS Brings Home Seven Medals from the World AIM Championship PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, September 9, 2010

By: Misty Green

Nearly 1,000 shooting competitors, representing 31 states gathered in Sparta, Ill., on August 7 & 8th, to battling out for top honors during the 2010 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.
The event took place at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex, which houses 120 trap fields that stretch over three miles.

Trap shooting has been a sport since at least 1793 when real birds were used. According to Wikipedia, the Passenger Pigeon was the usual choice for targeting, which was extremely abundant at the time.
Fake birds were introduced around the time of the American Civil War as the Passenger Pigeon was nearing extinction and sufficient numbers were not reliably available. Clay targets were introduced in the 1880s.

The layout of modern trap shooting is different from skeet shooting, in that there is only one house that releases targets and the shooters move through 5 different positions, which is what Macon County Trap Shooters have learned to excel in.

During last year’s Wold Championship event, MCHS was able to return with six top medallions, and this year, their heights reached even further, claiming seven top spots this go around.
Trap shooters from Macon County packed their gear and headed to Illinois for the annual showdown.

For all but one winning participant, this was the first year they made a trip to the Championship event, however each member took their turn to display the talents they have learned thus far from their Tennessee high school team.


(Above) Assistant Coach David Minchey, Matthew Minchey, Wes Pedigo, and Head Coach Jeff Brewer are shown above. Matthew and Wes earned two top medals for their individual shooting results.

Matthew Minchey competed in the individual B-Class Division, and out of 100 clay targets released, he nailed 98 the first day and 99 the second day, earning the Silver Medal for second place.

Wes Pedigo entered the individual D-Class Division and for a first-year shooter, claimed third place among all other participants.


MCHS Trap Squad #2 (above, left to right) Wes Pedigo, Alexis Bartley, Matt Young, Maggie Sircy, and Austin Mathews.

The MCHS 2nd Trap Squad earned the Bronze Medal for third place in the Team Division competition. The 2nd Squad consists of Wes Pedigo, Alexis Bartley, Matt Young, Maggie Sircy, and Austin Mathews.

Congrats MCHS Trap Team!

Coach Jeff Brewer wanted to extend a special than you to all of the sponsors who helped make this journey possible and also to commend the Trap team for all of their hard work this season. They have represented their team with honor and placed Macon County in the World record books.

Coach Brewer also wanted to take this time to also let interested students know that the Trap team is always looking for new members, no matter what school they attend. Application forms may be picked up in the office of each high school.

Macon Co. Spartans Defeat Raiders in Westmoreland Jamboree PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, September 9, 2010


By: Misty Green

The beautiful Saturday morning on August 28, 2010, was perfect playing weather for youth football players and cheerleaders participating in this year’s Peewee Football League.

Kicking off the 2010 upcoming fall games, Westmoreland hosted a Jamboree packed with six action packed games, spanning from 10:30 a.m. through 2:15 p.m.

The first youth football battle was between the Westmoreland Raiders and the Macon County Spartans.

Each game held two fifteen minute quarters, including a new rule change, which stated the two-point conversion would only count for one point, and the extra-point kick would count for two points. League coaches stated this change would hopefully encourage teams to attempt more extra-point kicks while in the Peewee league, which would give players much needed experience in the kicking game for the higher levels.


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