published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Football Preview: Sequoyah Chiefs

SCHEDULE

Aug. 19 Rockwood

Sept. 2 Meigs County*

Sept. 9 at Lenoir City

Sept. 16 at Cumberland County

Sept. 23 Tellico Plains

Sept. 30 at McMinn Central*

Oct. 7 at Scott County

Oct. 14 Polk County*

Oct. 21 Loudon

Oct. 28 at Sweetwater*

* District 5-AA game

SEQUOYAH CHIEFS

Coach: Bill Satterfield (8-23 here; 202-99 overall)

Returning starters (O/D/K): 5/5/1

Remember these names: Quarterback Trey Dyer (Sr., 6-2, 205) operates the ground-game-based offense and is a solid tackler at safety. Forrest McKane (Jr., 6-2, 190) is expected to carry the load from tailback and he’s also a defensive end. Fullback Blake Huffman (Jr., 5-9, 220) is a tough runner between the tackles. He was the team’s second-leading tackler last season behind returning fellow linebacker Brian Tilley (Sr., 5-10, 180). Big things are expected from two-way tackle Shayne Wilburn (So., 6-5, 330).

Will be a memorable year if: The Chiefs have a winning record and a berth in the Class 4A state playoffs. They accomplished the latter last season, but their 4-7 season ended with a first-round playoff loss. Even so, that was far removed from their 0-10 record in 2010, when they scored 28 points all season.

MEMORY LANE

Sequoyah was built in 1995 and the Chiefs have had limited state-playoff appearances, but they do have a ritual that works well at a rural school.

Just as Florida State University has its pregame routine of Chief Osceola riding onto the field on Renegade, Sequoyah enlists one of its students who has a horse — one that doesn’t get spooked being around a crowd of people — to dress in Indian costume, light a spear on fire and stick it into the logo at midfield before home games.

With a coinciding group chant from the home side amid a sea of waving tomahawk chops, it’s kickoff time.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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