Warriors aiming for Jets Friday in Crossville
By Tammy Wilhite | September 24, 2015 7:15 am
Last Updated: September 23, 2015 at 7:21 am
While it’s not a region game anymore, Friday’s meeting on the gridiron between the White County High School Warriors and Cumberland County Jets will always mean something.
The two are neighbors that have been competing against each other for a long time. While Cookeville has long been considered the archrival for WCHS, Cumberland County is not too far behind on that spectrum. In fact, the two have actually had a lot closer and more embattled meetings over the past few years, which makes things quite intense.
This Friday’s game is the final non-region game of the season for the Warriors.
Cumberland County and White County have met 66 out of the last 68 years on the football field (1947 is as far back as we have game by game scores). The only two years during that time that the two didn’t play was in 1995 and 1996.
Over the past 68 years, WCHS holds the 37-29 advantage over Cumberland County or Crossville. Since Stone Memorial opened in 2006 and split the lone high school in Cumberland County in half, WCHS has won eight of those nine games over CCHS.
The Warriors have won six in a row including a 13-6 win in Crossville last year. Due to the new classification, WCHS will play two years in a row at Cumberland County. The last win for the Jets was a 21-14 win in Sparta in 2008. The Warriors have won four straight games in Crossville against the Jets.
Cumberland County comes into this year’s game at 2-2 overall and are under the guidance of a new head coach, Ken Johnson, who was formerly an assistant coach at Walker Valley.
The Warriors, after opening the season with a pair of wins, are coming off a tough three -game stretch that has resulted in three lopsided losses. However, the caliber of players and the teams that WCHS has had to face off against during that time has been top notch. Two of the three teams are listed in the AP polls. Cookeville, who is 5-0, is ranked 11th in Class 6A. Rhea County (3-2) is 10th in Class 5A. Their two losses have come against a private school, Baylor, who is ranked 5th in Division II and Ooltewah, who is ranked 4th in Class 5A. By the way, the Warriors still have to face off against Ooltewah in a few weeks.
The junior varsity suffered their first loss of the season Monday with a 14-12 loss at Warren County.
The Pioneers scored both of their touchdowns in the first half and led 14-6 at the intermission.
WCHS scored with nine seconds left in the second quarter on a touchdown pass from Jeremiah McCurry to Michael Shank.
With six minutes left in the game, McCurry scored from four yards out to make the score 14-12. The two-point conversion was stopped short. Neither team would score again and the Pioneers escaped with the 14-12 win.
The final junior varsity game is Monday at Cumberland County. That will kick off at 6 p.m.
Friday’s varsity game will kick off at 7 p.m. in Crossville.
See Thursday’s print edition for more details.