Parker: Cascade opponent has rich winning tradition

Friday, November 12, 2010
Cascade hopes to give coach Kevin Creasy his second loss at Trousdale County when the two meet in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs. (File Photo by Danny Parker)

Warren G. Harding was president.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

The year was 1922.

And, Trousdale County was winning its first of nine state football championships.

The Hartsville bunch has turned the nearby water cooling tower from a scrapped nuclear power plant idea into a $2 billion football trophy storage facility.

Try searching for information about the Yellow Jacket program and it only takes a T-R-O-U before Google gives you Trousdale County football.

Even though he didn't take over as head coach until the 2008 season, Kevin Creasy has an idea about what makes the program there so successful.

"I think it starts with tradition," he said. "We've got tradition on our side. We've been playing football there for 101 years now and have got high expectations because of past success.

"Because of that it's kind of inbred into these kids to have successful seasons in football. Football's a big deal, it's the biggest show in town for us, and that's kind of the way we like it. Any success I've got is because they had success a long time ago way before I got around. It's kind of in the gene pool there to play football and grow up and play for Hartsville or Trousdale County. When you play, you better play well, and they're expected to win."

Those expectations continue to soar under Creasy's watch as he owns a career record of 38-1.

One team looking to make that digit in his right-hand column crooked is Cascade. The two get it on in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs in Hartsville at John Kerr Field tonight at 7.

Champion coach Kenny Parker is playing the underdog card in this one, knowing that his team has a talk task ahead.

"They don't beat people during the week, they beat people during the offseason," he said. "They play football 365 days a year. They get ready for these games in February, August, June.

"They don't let the opposition dictate the way that they play. They play to their level and in order to beat them you've got to play to their level and a little bit above them."

As winners of six in a row heading into the postseason with another District 9-A plaque to hang up at the Bell Buckle/Wartrace school, the last place the Champions (8-3) expected to have to go in the second round was to face an undefeated Trousdale County team.

In spite of the tough matchup, Parker knew his team didn't deserve a cake walk through the 24-team bracket. However, he did say that placing a pair of 10-0 teams in the same quadrant (see Signal Mountain as No. 2 seed) simply didn't make much sense.

"They have more right to be upset than we do," Parker said. "They have earned the right with their season not to have to play each other that soon.

"We knew it didn't matter where we were going to go, we weren't going to be a No. 1 or 2 seed. We didn't earn it on the field this year. They did. I felt like that could have been handled a different way."

It would have made more sense to send Signal Mountain to the east instead of a Boyd-Buchanan sporting a 6-4 record. A mere 17 miles separate the two schools.

"I don't understand that," Parker said. "Nobody understands that. There's no rationale behind that. They can say geographics but that's just the easy way out."

Needless to say, the TSSAA's current method of bracket building isn't without its flaws.

Regardless, it's time for foot to meet ball all over Tennessee as the second round games kick off.