Tyner Braces For Big Bad Alcoa Defense


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Tyner gets their stiffest test of the year on Friday as they travel to Alcoa. The Tornadoes blanked the Rams last year 49-0, but it’s not like Tyner was the only
team that didn’t have success against a brutally, tenacious Alcoa defense.

Siad Tyner head coach Wayne Turner:”You know it’s nothing new for them to shut people out.”
Alcoa doesn’t just shut you out, they shut you down. They’re defensive stats are crazy. Last year they blanked 10 of their 15 opponents, and nobody in their region scored on them. And guess what. They may be even better this year. Alcoa has already got three shutouts in five games, and they had 14 tackles for a loss against Austin East. Just what a running back like Tyner’s Jeremiah Sawyer wants to hear.
Said Sawyer:”(Woo) That’s. That’s very. That’s very impressive. That’s very impressive. So we are going to have to get our jobs done.”
Coach Turner was impressed with what Alcoa did against mighty Maryville.
Said Turner:”And when you can hold Maryville to two touchdowns this year, I’d say that was a pretty good accomplishment as well.”
Reporter:”They only gave up 142 yards of offense to Maryville. That’s serious.”
Said Turner:”Oh yeah. Real serious. Real serious. I mean they don’t give up much. They’re pretty stingy.”
No kidding. And it’s not like Alcoa is stacked with SEC recruits on that side of the ball.
Said Turner:”Well over the years they really have not had a lot of D-one people to sign. They’ve had some people sign, but not like you would think anyway.”
So what’s it gonna take for Tyner to cross the goal line?
Said fullback Anthony Bell:”Hey. We’ve just got to have our head on right. Be ready. They’re going to come with a bunch of heat. It’s just going to be a competitive game. We’re just going to have to bring it.”
Reporter:”Are you excited by what lies ahead for Friday night or just know you’re going to have to put your work boots on, and it’s going to be a long night?”
Said Sawyer:”Both because it’s going to have to be a game I’m going to do really good. Yeah it’s really exciting because I get to play like some better competition.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.