Spring football practice is officially underway in Crossville as the Stone Memorial Panthers took the field on Monday, followed by the Cumberland County Jets on Tuesday.
With spring football comes a multitude of new faces at each program.
Cumberland County will be under the direction of new coach Eric Belew. After arriving in January, Belew has aimed to turn the Jet program around in the weight room during his first four months on the job.
Cumberland County is coming off a 1-9 season, with their victory coming via a forfeit by Powell due to an ineligible player.
The 2019 Jet schedule is much more favorable than years past. Cumberland County will open at Scott High School on Friday, Aug. 23, before hosting White County in week two, Aug. 30.
Week three will see CCHS travel to Livingston Academy for their first Region 3-AAAA contest on Sept. 6 before returning home for contests against Clay County and Macon County.
The Jets will hit the road on Sept. 27 to face Walker Valley before taking a week off during week seven.
CCHS will host Rockwood on Oct. 11, following their bye week. The Jets will then travel to Stone Memorial before hosting Bledsoe County and DeKalb County to close out the regular season.
Across town, head coach Derik Samber enters his second year with Stone Memorial. After a 9-2 record in 2018, the Panthers will look to sustain last season’s success while graduating 15 seniors, including two-year starting quarterback and Region 3-AAAA MVP Thomas Arnold, region running back of the year Ethan Norris and linebacker of the year Will Delk.
The Panthers’ schedule is daunting to say the least. Stone Memorial opens Aug. 23 when they host Grace Christian Academy, followed by Coalfield coming to Crossville in week two.
Week three will see SMHS hit the road as they play DeKalb County before traveling to Christian Academy of Knoxville the following Friday, Sept. 13.
A showdown of the last four Region 3-AAAA champions will take place next as the Panthers host Livingston Academy Sept. 20.
SMHS will make consecutive road trips to Kingston and Macon County before taking a bye week during week eight on Oct. 11.
The Panthers will host the Jets Oct. 18 before traveling to Smith County and finishing the regular season Nov. 1 against Friendship Christian.