By Ed Greif
Members of the Cumberland County High School football Hall of Fame increased to 33 with the induction of 10 former players Saturday evening in the Martin Elementary auditorium, after the Blue and Gold game was washed out that evening at Jet Stadium.
Inducted were Billy Cannon, Al Bohannon, Larry Long, Larry Dyer, Terry Meadows, Jim Cokkinias, Danny Taylor, Phillip Mincy, Billy Wayne Davis and Marty Davis.
These players qualified by either being All-Tri-County, All-District, All-Region and/or All-State, have played collegiately and been a coach somewhere else.
Cannon played at CCHS from 1991-'95. During his four-year career for the Jets, he was selected Player of the Week mulitiple times. In 1992, he was Player of the Year. In in 1993, he was named Offensive Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1994.
During his senior year, he was selected All-Region Player of the Year and All-State.
Cannon played collegiately at Tennessee Tech and was Defensive Player of the Week in 1995 for his performance against Marshall University.
Bohannon played football at CCHS from 1991-'95 and was selected to the 1993-'94 All-Region team. He played football at Tennessee Tech and is currently on the coaching staff at Mt. Juliet High School.
Long played at CCHS from 1977-'79. During the 1979 season, he caught 10 touchdown passes to set the single-season TD record at that time, helping the team finish the regular season at 8-2 and two top ten teams in the state.
During his senior, Long and his teammates played in the Tobacco Bowl, where he scored two touchdowns and was selected to the Jets All-Time team in the 1980s.
Dyer played at CCHS from 1966-'70. By his sophomore season, he was already the leading scorer in the old Tri-County Conference. Known as the "Roadrunner" during his playing days, Dyer scored three or more TDs in six games during his career.
He was a team captain and was selected to All-Tri-County team in 1970.
Over the last several years, he has tirelessly dedicated time, energy and resources into the maintenance and preparation of Holder Field at Jet Stadium.
"Larry is the true meaning of Jet for life," said Greg Hoskins, president of the CCHS Football Booster Club.
Meadows was the first of three members of the 1972-'76 team to be inducted into the HOF. He played strong safety and split end for the Jets, was selected All-Tri-State his senior season and was rated as the No. 18-rated collegiate prospect in the state of Tennessee.
Meadows received scholarship offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, ETSU, Tennessee Tech, Troy State and MTSU. He accepted the MTSU offer and finished his football career as a Blue Raider.
Cokkinias also played at CCHS from 1972-'76 as a running back/defensive end and was a four-year varsity letterman. He continued his playing career at Tennessee Tech and played linebacker for two years.
Taylor played from 1973-'76 and excelled at defensive tackle, while playing for Bill Long's team, and played in both the Midstate and Industrial Bowls. He also played collegiately at MTSU, where he had Meadows as a teammate.
Mincy played at CCHS from 1971-'75, where he played multiple positions — offensive tackle, linebacker, defensive end, punter and place-kicker, and was team captain his senior year and honorable mention All-Tri-State.
Mincy signed a collegiate letter of intent with Maryville College and currently resides in Soddy-Daisy. He retired after 32 yeas from Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.
B.W. Davis played at CCHS from 1996-'98, starting on the varsity from sophomore year until he graduated. He played free safety and picked off seven passes during his senior season.
He played baseball at Volunteer State Community College.
Marty Davis was a member of the class of 1977, and Jet football has been a constant part of his life. He is currently a member of the CCHS coaching staff and has been a Jet coach for 22 of the last 26 years.
He was selected District 6AAA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.