Copper Basin: Young But Ready To Go

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   Written by DJ Underwood


As the summer months drag on, certain things are guaranteed in the south. Burgers and hotdogs cover grills, lightning bugs dance through the yards and chase away the last slivers of sunlight and kids will squeeze every drop of freedom that summer brings with it before the tardy bell rings school back into session. However, while everyone else is hoping summer never ends, the boys of fall are counting the minutes until it is time to strap that helmet on under the lights again.

Coming off what was as far from a normal season of football as can be remembered, Copper Basin is chomping at the bit to get back to battle. Players and coaches alike cannot wait until it is time to get back between the lines and return life to normal. Though they are excited and anxious, this does not mean that this season will be a walk in the park. Some big shoes have to be filled this year with the exiting of last year’s seniors. They will need some young players to step up and fill vital roles.

Though Copper Basin graduated many key components to their success the last couple of seasons, they are by no means void of play makers. Joe Boggs, an upcoming senior,  will be expected to fill the role of General on offense. Though his style of quarterback play may be different, Boggs is by no means incapable of leading the Cougars to another successful season. Boggs will also return as the leader on the defensive side of the ball by holding down the strong side at linebacker. You can count on seeing Cade Dean put in some work at quarterback as well. Dean is young but has shown tons of growth and potential and he is looking for the chance to prove himself game-ready. Cade will also play an integral role as a receiver. The receiving corps will be ready to run with a plethora of options including Dean, Jonathan Johnson, and Cadan Williams who is poised to have a break-out year. 

Senior Sebastian Baliles will be returning to take some of the workload off of the quarterbacks and receivers. Baliles is one of the top running backs in the area and makes people regret judging him on his stature. Though Sebastian may be a little shorter than some others, he knows how to use his leverage to blow through would-be tacklers. He is also extremely shifty, nimble, and the strongest person on the team by far. He is fun to watch and should be ready to make an even bigger name for himself this season carrying the rock.

In the land of giants, Tucker Shroth, Brock Whitaker, Addison Hook, and Kade Foster will be called upon to contribute heavily. Shroth is currently set to take over the middle of the offensive line at center. Though he may be lacking in game time experience, he is not to be taken lightly. With a huge frame and outstanding work ethic, the Cougars will be well served with him in the middle of the big boys. Whitaker is expected to be the wrecking ball on the defensive side. He has taken a good number of snaps at this position already and is ready to step up and cause problems up front for the opposing teams run game. Hook and Foster are both veteran seniors with countless snaps under their belt. They both played key roles wreaking havoc on the defensive line this past season and Addison will be expected to do that again. Hook will also continue to be a leader on the offensive line where he has already proven himself valuable. Foster, however, will be beginning two new roles helping move the ball down field as he takes over the left tackle position on offense and making his home at middle linebacker on defense.

The Copper Basin Cougars will look slightly different this season but their productivity should continue to grow. They will be young at some spots but will have a large number of upperclassmen along with players that have been in battle after battle to help them come along quickly. Look for Baliles and Cadan Williams to show out this season on offense while Joe Boggs and the defensive line bring the stick with them to thwart offensive movement. You can get a glimpse of what may be to come this season as your Copper Basin Cougars head over to Hayesville, NC on Thursday, June 15th for the FYN 7-on-7 competitions and then at the jamboree on August 13th as they square off with McMinn Central.

Cosby football forced to forfeit playoff game due to COVID

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COSBY— The Cosby High School Eagles were set to play in their first playoff game in nine years this against against the Meigs County Tigers.

Unfortunately they were forced to forfeit their first round playoff game due to some members of their team testing positive for COVID-19.

Cosby coach Keith Hall told the Newport Plain Talk:

“Once we put guys in quarantine that had to do so, we just won’t have enough to go up there and safely compete, It just wouldn’t be in the best interest for our kids, health wise. Between COVID and shear numbers, it wouldn’t be a wise venture for us.”

Meigs County will automatically move to the second round and await the winner of Hampton VS Oneida. Meigs County will look to return to the state title game, where they lost last year.

From the Newport Plain Talk:

“It’s played a big role in this season,” Hall said. “Some obviously more so than others. This year has been different for everybody. We’d love to be 100 percent and ready to go Friday, especially given its our first playoff berth in nine years.

“Regardless of the opponent, we’d love nothing more than to go out and represent our school on that stage. Just with everything going on right now, it just wasn’t in the cards for us.”

This is something that Team FYN Sports will be monitoring going forward.

We look forward to covering the Copper Basin Cougars on Friday as they host Clay County in the first round of the 1a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association State Playoffs.


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