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September 6, 2013Opening the season with a win is a big deal for most any team. Doing it against your biggest rival is even better and that's what Lenoir City running back Jaylond Woods accomplished last Friday against Loudon.
"It was a great feeling," Woods said. "Having that shutout made it just that much better. We are pretty confident. I'm pretty confident. We are just ready to get after it this Friday."
Woods plays all over the field in all three phases of the game. He's a playmaker that gives his opponents nightmares. In a rare moment last Friday, he made a play that never even came to him. Just natural instincts kicked in and it made a big difference in the game.
"They intercepted it at their 20 yard line and I was at the ten," Woods said. "I ran him down and stripped the ball away at the three as he was going in for the touchdown. Our quarterback recovered it. It was an awesome play. We got a lot of momentum and everyone said it was the game changing play."
This week, Lenoir City opens up their home schedule with Farragut. The Admirals are coming off their first win of the year against Oak Ridge. Lenoir City has won the last two against Farragut, but three straight will be difficult.
"We just have to be sound and physically and mentally ready," Woods said. "We have to keep our heads up and stay focused throughout the week. We can't afford to make mistakes. Farragut is a good team and they will be a challenge."
Woods and the Panthers have been a solid playoff team in recent years. This group is younger, but he sees plenty of room for growth and likes where this team currently stands.
"We just want to keep getting better," Woods said. "If we keep doing the little things then our chemistry gets better and better. I feel like I have to set the tone in practice, but I'm not the only leader. We have other guys that step up too."
Woods will be at Tennessee's game against Western Kentucky on Saturday. He attended the game last weekend and really enjoyed his first game as a Vol commitment.
"It was a great time," Woods said. "The crowd was awesome and I enjoyed every second of it. I took my girlfriend and her dad and he got goosebumps. He was overwhelmed by the experience. There were several people that recognized me in the crowds. It was very cool."