County football teams savor Friday wins

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

There were no losers in Bedford County on Friday night. Three football teams -- and three wins.

It's the first time all three Bedford County public high schools have enjoyed opening-week wins.

For Shelbyville Central coach Jason Hardy, his Eagles' 40-13 home win over Coffee County was the right way to start the season.

"That first game kind of sets the tone for the season and when you start off with a win it puts you on the right track," Hardy said. "In reality it doesn't make or break your season, but as far as the attitude of the team going forward it means a lot.

"If you make the state playoffs you're going to end the season with a loss, unless you win the state championship, and that's a long time before you get to play another game," Hardy said. "So when you look at all the hard work you've done in the offseason, it makes winning that first game of the season even more important."

The Eagles visit Warren County (0-1) on Friday night. The Pioneers fell to DeKalb County 26-7 last week.

"Having coached for all three Bedford County teams, it is a source of great pride that we were all successful on Friday night," Community coach Johnnie Frost said. The Vikings won 34-7 at Mt. Juliet Christian for the young program's first season-opening win.

"Football season is always an exciting time for this area and it is pretty cool that we were able to contribute to a history-making night. The fans have always been very supportive of our programs and they deserve winning teams."

Community hosts Silverdale Baptist Academy of Chattanooga on Friday night. Silverdale comes off a 25-7 loss to Gordon Lee High of Chickamauga, Ga.

"We are excited about our team and the Vikings are going to keep working very hard to make sure that Bedford County has many more nights like last week," Frost said.

"I thought we battled well against a strong Mt. Pleasant team," Cascade coach Kenny Parker said Friday night after a 22-14 Champion win. "We made a few mistakes, but we had some great leadership tonight and some younger kids stepped up and made some big plays."

The Champs make the long trip to Cedar Hill and Jo Byrns High this week. Macon County handed Jo Byrns a 35-7 loss last Friday.