Football Preview: Sequoyah Chiefs

Football Preview: Sequoyah Chiefs

August 19th, 2011 by Stephen Hargis in Sports - Preps

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.