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Jr. Blue Devils close out season

It was a season worth of growing experiences for the Unicoi County Middle School Jr. Blue Devil football team, according to head coach Travis Griffith.
The varsity and junior varsity teams concluded the 2015 season last week against Vance Middle School on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Gentry Stadium. The varsity dropped a 24-8 loss to the Vikings, while the underclassmen fell in the junior varsity game, 28-0.
With the season at it’s end, the improvement from start to finish was an item to be proud of for the team, Griffith said.
“It was very obvious how each week our football team grew and became much better football players,” he added. “Each week we added more plays in addition to the remaining plays and our team performed well each time.”
UCMS played in a conference featuring middle schools that serve as feeder systems for Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan South, Science Hill and Greeneville.
The staff was able to see an influx in younger athletes, Griffith said, something the program is looking forward to next season.
“This year, we had more seventh and sixth graders than UCMS football has ever had,” he added. “The staff looks forward to next year with those numbers. The talent is really spread out between those grades and both grades will see significant playing time again next year.”
Griffith entered his first season as the head coach with the program, along with a new coaching staff, that saw their fair share of growth with the team this season after having experience at the Gentry Stadium from their playing careers.
“The coaching staff was amazing this year,” he said. “They took on their respective jobs and completed them very effectively. Each coach had different things they brought to the team from their past experiences as Blue Devils. I look forward to working with them in the future to make UCMS an even better place to play football.”
The incoming eighth grade class of football players for Unicoi County High School look to provide a bright spot for head coach Glenn White, Griffith added.
“The eighth grade class should make a strong impact next year for coach White,” Griffith said. “He has been a huge supporter of our team. He told the eighth graders at the conclusion of our last game his expectations for next year and has already completed a freshman schedule for them next season.”