Don't let the lack of championship trophies fool you though. Coalfield made it to Round 3 in 1990 and 1991 before being put out by Trousdale County and Donelson Christian respectively. They were region champs both years.
More recently, the Jackets have won 24 of 30 regional regular season games since 2001. They made it to Round 4 in 2004 before Boyd Buchanan sent them home. They have been Region 2 champs 2 years in a row, counting this year.
Coalfield's Achilles heal has been their play versus non region opponents in the playoffs. The last four times the Jackets made it to the playoffs, they were sent home by non region foes. Most recently by the Region 1 Hampton Bulldogs last year. Having to win 3 road games to get to Boyd Buchanan in ‘04 didn't help.
The Yellow Jackets are lead on offense by senior QB Johnny Hill. Hill has thrown for over the 760 yards and is on pace to finish near 1000 yards. He's thrown for 10 TD's vs. 5 interceptions thru Week 9. Hill's also a threat to score with his feet, with 5 rushing TD's on the year. His favorite receiving targets are WR's Noah Melton and Stephen Gunter.
Hill is flanked by senior RB and 1300+ yard rusher Brandon Davis. Davis had 19 TD's through Week 9 and an 8 yard per carry average. He's also a leader on defense, with 60 stops and an incredible 19 sacks from his LB position.
Davis is helped on defense by sophomore TC Armes and senior Drake Liles. The two have combined for over 140 stops and 11 sacks on the year. Liles leads the way with 46 solo stops.
The Yellow Jackets undefeated season secured them home field advantage for the playoffs. They'll be visited by the Grace Christian Rams (4-6) in Round 1.
If they move past Round 1, they will most likely play 9-1 Cosby in Round 2. If they were to somehow get past Cosby, they'd most likely be up against the Hampton Bulldogs for the second straight year in the quarterfinals.
In the present, the Jackets have to move past Grace first. The Rams haven't beaten a quality opponent this year and are giving up 28 points per game on defense.
The Ram "D" is lead by seniors Corey Henry, EJ Brown and Alex Garvey. The trio is up over 200 stops on the season.
On offense, Grace lead by QB Bradley Self and RB Glenn Honeycutt on offense. Honeycutt is averaging over 5 yards per rush and Self is as much a threat to run as pass.
Jackets Finish 10-0
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