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COVID forces inexperienced players into action in Coffee Co.
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Freshman quarterback Creed Adams gets instructions from head JV Pioneer football coach Alan Perkins in the JV team’s rematch against Coffee County Monday night in Manchester. - photo by Brad Durham
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Sophomore receiver Brayan Holguin caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in the JV game at Manchester Monday night. On this play, Holguin and Coffee County defenders fought for the football that was an incompletion. - photo by Brad Durham

Remember this name, Creed Adams. Not only does he have a great sports name, the freshman football player is a gamer. He is a playmaker who has started as the WCHS Pioneer junior varsity quarterback. Creed Adams and the Pioneer JV team took their lumps against Coffee County Monday night in Manchester, losing 44-6, but there were some bright spots in the game.

The biggest play in the game was a 55-yard touchdown pass from Creed Adams to Brayan Holguin, a sophomore. Holguin showed both speed and good hands with the reception, and he also punted for the JV team. 

The Pioneers were challenged in the rematch against Coffee County because many of the JV players are now on the Pioneer varsity’s team because of COVID-19. Consequently, many young players are getting game experience with the JV, which can be perceived as a silver lining in the lopsided loss to the Red Raiders. The JV Pioneer football team previously lost to Coffee County 20-0 at Nunley Stadium on September 13.  

As head Pioneer coach Matt Turner stated recently, COVID-19 is the Pioneers number one enemy this season. The varsity suffered a tough loss Friday night at Coffee County without a number of starters who were out in COVID-19 isolation. The trickle-down effect is real at the JV level as well.


HEAD COACH COMMENTS

Head JV coach Alan Perkins commented after the game, “Turnovers…we have to stop turning the ball over. We did not have a lot of depth. Guys were out with fall break and COVID. We just played with what we had. Creed Adams is learning. Brayan Holguin played solid on both sides of the ball, and he punted for us too. We play Sequatchie County next week.”


PLAYER COMMENTS

Quarterback, linebacker and free safety Creed Adams said, “I played tailback last year at the middle school. I have played baseball my entire life, and it (quarterback) really uses my arm. That touchdown pass felt great. I think I definitely need to get stronger, get in the weight room. I am not playing baseball anymore. I like football because I like hitting people. I need to get more mentally and physically prepared for varsity football.”