2017-09-06 / Front Page

JCHS Eagles’ football season takes flight!

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Members of the JCHS Eagles football team are Alroy Parham, Jujuan Major, Darius Burton, Michael Milton, Robert Coney, Andrea’Young, Markeith Wright, Cameron Brady, Keonda Kelly, Anthony Wilson, Courtney Austin, Cassius Sheppard, Cheney Knight, Justin Gray, De’Trenton Newton, Stefan Robertson, Traune Kelsey, Nautica Pierce, Jay Jones, J.C. Williams, Ty’Kese Milton, Dylan Pye, Novel Wilson, Johnathon Coleman, Ty Evans, Dominique Mills, Thomas Royal, Bryce Joiner, Cannon Griffin, Tyrone Williams, Austin Herrmann, Jarion Polk, Derriod Thompson, Jaylen Herrington, Tyler Ellis, Jimmiah Lee, Trent Harley, Mason Hendrix, Jakestal Lee, Garrison Underwood, Dominique Stephens, Cameron Sampson, Dwight Roberson, Jeffrey Harris and Dwayne Byners. Coaches: Charley Waters, David Johnson, Chuck Sanders, Hill Johnson, Jason Boyton, Quinton Sweet, Caleb Pressey, Chris Anderson, Dallas Wilson, and Mike Dann. 
(Photo contributed) Members of the JCHS Eagles football team are Alroy Parham, Jujuan Major, Darius Burton, Michael Milton, Robert Coney, Andrea’Young, Markeith Wright, Cameron Brady, Keonda Kelly, Anthony Wilson, Courtney Austin, Cassius Sheppard, Cheney Knight, Justin Gray, De’Trenton Newton, Stefan Robertson, Traune Kelsey, Nautica Pierce, Jay Jones, J.C. Williams, Ty’Kese Milton, Dylan Pye, Novel Wilson, Johnathon Coleman, Ty Evans, Dominique Mills, Thomas Royal, Bryce Joiner, Cannon Griffin, Tyrone Williams, Austin Herrmann, Jarion Polk, Derriod Thompson, Jaylen Herrington, Tyler Ellis, Jimmiah Lee, Trent Harley, Mason Hendrix, Jakestal Lee, Garrison Underwood, Dominique Stephens, Cameron Sampson, Dwight Roberson, Jeffrey Harris and Dwayne Byners. Coaches: Charley Waters, David Johnson, Chuck Sanders, Hill Johnson, Jason Boyton, Quinton Sweet, Caleb Pressey, Chris Anderson, Dallas Wilson, and Mike Dann. (Photo contributed) The Jenkins County High School Eagles football team is off to a good start, with coaches and players expressing high hopes for a great season.

Thus far, this season, the Eagles have defeated Harlem in a scrimmage game; defeated Hephzibah with a staggering 33-10 victory; suffered a nail-biting 16-15 loss to Windsor Forest; and won 36-7 against Wheeler County this past Friday night.

The Eagles are returning a lot of players, but there are also a lot of first time starters, said Head Coach Charley Waters. However, Coach Waters is very optimistic about the season.

“If we can get through the season healthy, we can make a run at having a very good year. We just need to stay injury free,” he said.

Eagles’ players are also optimistic and eager to show what they can do on the field. Some expressed their expectations for the season while others revealed their mental strategies for preparing to play.

Robert Coney, senior, Running Back/Line Back said, “I just want to do the best I can do and be there for my team mates. When I take to the field I just want to do my job and do what I’ve been taught.

Cheney Knight, senior, Safety, and Ty Evans, junior, Defensive End, agreed. “I think we’ll have a good season,” both said.

Dominique Stephens, senior, Defensive Tackle also thinks the season will go well, but said, “We have a lot of stuff to work on.”

Cannon Griffin, senior, Offensive Guard/Defensive Tackle echoed Stephen’s remarks, “I am mentally prepared for each game and I just look for us to improve as the season goes on.”

Garrison Underwood, senior, Offensive/ Defensive Tackle, expressed a simple game strategy that works for him. “I just stay quiet and focus on what I’ve got to do,” he said.

Austin Herrmann, senior, Offensive Guard, and Alroy Parham, junior, Quarterback, have similar game strategies. Both “just listen to music” before the games and “want to do their jobs.”

Markeith Wright, junior, Quarterback, said, “I think about what I’m supposed to do and make sure I’m ready to do it. I want the team to know I’m there for them.

As for what goes on at half-time, the players offered the following comments. “We pray.” “We get speeches.” “We adjust mentally.” “We do damage estimates.” “We’re just taking care of business.”

And, they revealed their game plan for the remainder of the game.

“No matter what the score is at half-time, when we come back out on the field, it’s 0-0 in our minds,” all agreed.

The guys also had high praise for their coaching staff.

“They push us to improve and tell us that if they fuss at us, it’s just business.” “It’s all out of love.” And most importantly, “They treat us like their own and feed us good!”

The Eagles have an experienced coaching staff in Coach Waters; David Johnson, Offensive Coordinator; Chuck Sanders, Offensive/ Defensive Line; Hill Johnson, Offensive/ Defensive Line; Jason Boynton, Offensive/Defensive Backs, Special Teams; Quinton Sweat, Offensive/Defensive Line; Caleb Pressey, Quarterbacks/Defensive Backs, Special Teams; Chris Anderson, Receivers/Defensive Backs, Special Teams; Dallas Wilson, Receiver/ Linebackers, Special Teams and Mike Dann, Offensive/Defensive Line, Special teams.

The Eagles ended last year’s season with four wins and five losses and are looking to improve those statistics this season. Their first home game is 7:30 p.m. this Friday night against Portal. Eagles’ fans are encouraged to come out and show their support!

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