South Pittsburg Overcomes Adversity to Stay in the Hunt For a State Title
South Pittsburg, TN-(WDEF-TV) Injuries, COVID
, and a head coaching departure did not appear to slow down South Pittsburg this season.
Despite all of that adversity, the Pirates are still in the hunt for the Class A state title.
They meet Cloudland Friday in the semifinal round.
For awhile it looked like the Pirates season would blow up.
South Pitt went three weeks without playing due to COVID, and then
head coach Chris Jones left after coaching just one game.
Reporter:”How would you describe this year?”
Said defensive lineman Gio Davis:”Hectic. It was. A lot going on at once.”
Assistants Wesley Stone and Heath Grider calmed the seas after taking over the head coaching responsibilities.
Said Stone:”We told them from day one nothing was going to change. I really think this team believed they would be in this spot.”
Said quarterback Richard Hunter:”A lot of ups and downs. But overall we are still on top. Still a team. Still a family. We are going to keep playing like it.”
Said Stone:”The things that they have been through this year for 15 or 16. 17 or 18-year-old kids. It’s a lot on them. So I really can’t put it into words how proud I am for staying the course and continuing to work each week.”
Now it’s the Pirates of old in the playoffs.
They’ve scored 145 points in their three playoff games and allowed only 21.
Said Stone:”We’ve got some seniors that’s finally I think they’ve figured it out. Hey it’s my turn. It’s my last chance, and they’ve just been playing. They’ve elevated their play, and they’ve been playing really well right now.”
The defense welcomed back stud lineman Gio Davis in their final regular season game. He should come in handy against Cloudland.
Said Stone:”We’ve got to get them off the field. They’re an old school type of team. They can get in the Power ‘I’ and just run the football right at you and eat a lot of clock.”