Bobcats close spring practice with scrimmage victory

By David Shirley

Bobcats close spring practice with scrimmage victory

MCHS senior quarterback Hayden Kiestler avoids a Crockett County rush and launches a pass deep down the field. Staff Photos by David Shirley

The McNairy Central Bobcats played host to Crockett County head coach Kevin Ward and his Cavaliers in a two hour and 10 minute scrimmage to close out two weeks of spring practice on Thursday. 

In a rugged, hard-hitting affair, the Bobcats came out on top, scoring four touchdowns while giving up only two to Crockett County. 

Posting scores for McNairy Central were sophomore wide receiver Jarrett Mood, hooking up with senior quarterback Hayden Kiestler on a 50-yard pass play; senior running back Jack Smith taking it to pay dirt from 20 yards out on a nice run; sophomore tight end Landon Redmon scoring on a 20-yard pass from Kiestler; and Mood taking it the distance on a 60-yard reverse.

“I told our guys before the scrimmage we wanted to focus on three things,” said head coach Jim Glover, beginning his third season at MCHS and 26th year overall in coaching. “We wanted to play a physical style of football, we wanted to play together and we needed to know our assignments. I felt like we matched up with them and played physical, I felt we did a great job of playing as a team, and we knew our assignments about 90 percent of the time.”

Glover also said he was pleased overall with his squad’s spring practice effort. 

“We really only had two injuries. I encouraged the guys to work hard this summer and told them I will see them in August,” he said.

Glover singled out several Bobcats that big things are expected of in the upcoming season: Senior quarterback Hayden Kiestler; senior tailback and outside linebacker Jack Smith, who had a bone-jarring quarterback sack of the Cavalier QB on the final play of the scrimmage; senior nose guard and tight end D.J. Lynum Sr.; and senior inside linebackers Jarvous Irvin and Kerby Gray.

Defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Michael Stroup said, “Our guys have worked their tails off. They really ran to the ball well on defense.”