BAXTER, Tenn.–A suburb of Cookeville is where Sequatchie County’s Adam Caine finished his first 10-0 season in just his second year of being a head coach.
His ultimate goal for the season lies only nine miles away from that community on the outskirts of Cookeville: Tucker Field, site of the 2016 State Football Championships.
“I don’t think you ever come in, unless you’re Alcoa or somebody like that, that you expect coming into the season to be 10-0,” Caine said. “Even week one was a test, and I knew we had some difficult opponents, but I really thought this group could do something special. That was my prayer every night since July, that we could do some special for the town of Dunlap.
“I think we’ve done it, and hopefully, we’ve got a lot more football ahead of us.”
Caine also hope that in five weeks, he’ll be nine miles closer with a more cleansing bath.
“I got to take a shower on live television,” Caine said. “They dumped the Gatorade bath on me. I guess you could say I’m pretty happy right about now.”
For the first time since 1990, the Indians hit the ten win mark. They are only the fourth team in school history to do so.
And even with history on the line, Caine and company still found a way to leave a goose egg on a region opponent, much like last week’s shutout of Valley foe Grundy County.
“Upperman had a really good scheme to stop our run game last year,” Caine said. “So, I figured they would make it tough on us. But like we did all year, we got tough when we needed to and were able to run the football.”
Going into halftime, though, the Indians lead by only a score against a tough and fierce region opponent.
“It was a little bit of a gut check time,” Caine said. “If we could punch one, we could be in control of the football game at that point. I wasn’t about to freak out or anything like that. This really a group that I trust, so it’s not as nerve racking as it used to be.”
The Indians came out and scored midway through the first on a two-yard Hunter Davenport scurry into the endzone. Into the locker room, they held a slim 7-0 lead against a team they lost to by 5 last season.
The Indians recorded two interceptions on the night including one from both Dylan Sanders and Alec Hudson to put the Indians in scoring position. The secondary has averaged just over an interception a game over the course of the season.
Sequatchie County came out strong on offense in the second half as they scored three unanswered touchdowns to finish their undefeated season and avenge their 2015 loss against the Bees which cost them home field advantage.
For Upperman, they’ll travel to Region 3-3A top gun Red Bank while the Indians host Howard next Friday night in the first round of the Class 3a Playoffs. Dekalb County takes the No. 2 seed while Smith County defeats Grundy County and takes the No. 3 seed in Region 4-3A.
SCHS — 7 | 0 | 14 | 7 || 28
UHS — 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 || 0