Cheatham County's Dawson Primm

Dawson Primm had knee surgery last year but is expected to be healthy to play for Cheatham County this season.

ASHLAND CITY – Cheatham County Central will begin its 2019 season with a non-conference game at Hillwood on Aug. 23 as the Cubs will look to improve on last season’s playoff appearance.

“I’ll be honest, I really like the group we have,” Cheatham County coach Eric Hatley said. “The biggest thing is we came out of spring pretty healthy. Another big thing with this group, I think, will be senior leadership. I’ve told this class all year long, they will be as good as they want to be.”

Dawson Primm and James Tyndall are two of the big-name seniors that Hatley expects to be big parts of the team. Both are coming off ACL surgeries from a season ago.

“They were cleared for a little more than what we let them do,” Hatley said. “Keeping those two, especially, healthy is what we wanted to do.”

Hatley said the he waas happy with what he saw from the team in June.

“As far as the kids we’ve got, attendance was really good,” Hatley said. “We don’t have a whole lot of guys, and that’s going to be an issue later in the season as far as depth.”

Cheatham County lost some key production from last season with Walker Bunce, who had 760 yards on the ground with 10 touchdowns and 350 yards receiving with three touchdowns, signing to play at Carson-Newman. A large class of at least 13 seniors will headline a team that is stocked full of talented players.

“We’ve got some pretty good players coming back,” Hatley said. “Zach Kessler is one of the best defensive linemen you will find, Xavier Smith is also a big part of this team on the defensive line and offensive line if he wants to. We’re also a year older at some positions. Last year our quarterback and center were both sophomores, starting for the first time.”

“As far as the offense goes, we’re going to be a triple option team. Walker had to be good for us last year because a lot of the other starters on our offense were so young, but now with another year under our belt and some guys getting healthy we can look forward to seeing more guys step up as a whole and be more balanced.”

As far as the upcoming season, Hatley didn’t offer much as far as expectations.

“I never set the expectations for the team,” Hatley said. “Those guys in that locker room set their own expectations individually but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be a playoff team, but it’s not just good enough to get to the playoffs, we need to win some when we get there.”

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FIRST GAME

Cheatham County Central at Hillwood, Aug. 23

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