Coaches upbeat at High School Football Media Day



Coaches at last week’s Media Day event: (left to right) Eric Whaley (Boaz), Michael Burkett (Southeastern), Ken Adams (Susan Moore), Keith Register (Hayden), Gardner Gilliland (Cleveland), Zach Jones (Appalachian), Don Jacobs (Oneonta), Todd Cassity ( J.B. Pennington), Jerry Hood (Clay-Chalkville) and Chris Musso (Locust Fork).

Coaches at last week’s Media Day event: (left to right) Eric Whaley (Boaz), Michael Burkett (Southeastern), Ken Adams (Susan Moore), Keith Register (Hayden), Gardner Gilliland (Cleveland), Zach Jones (Appalachian), Don Jacobs (Oneonta), Todd Cassity ( J.B. Pennington), Jerry Hood (Clay-Chalkville) and Chris Musso (Locust Fork).

All 10 of the coaches and players were feeling pretty good at last week’s High School Football Media Day at Twin Oaks Heritage. Why not? No one has fumbled, dropped a pass or been called for a penalty. At least not yet. The highlight of the event came when Boaz head coach Eric Whaley was introduced and received a standing ovation that lasted for more than 30 seconds. Whaley was diagnosed with cancer last summer and missed the entire 2015 season. He was declared cancer-free earlier this summer, almost one full year to the day after receiving the initial diagnosis. The event was coordinated by Alpine Advertising and Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong and sponsored by WCRL Radio, Joe Armstrong Plumbing, People’s Bank, Valley Ford-Mercury, Classic Collision and Jeff Milwee/Sports Spectrum. Practice started this week and the first games are less than two weeks away for some teams.

-Rob Rice