The Eagleville community, the Eagleville School and the Eagleville football facility are special places.
True the stadium needs more seating, the press box is too small (aren’t they all), and you will have to hunt for a parking space if you don’t get there early. It’s a special place nonetheless.
Amid much debate 10 years ago, Eagleville decided it wanted a football team.
The athletic success of the Eagles, which for years has centered around basketball and volleyball, was about to expand.
The enrollment was growing, the community wanted it and, after a lot of lobbying and the usual politics, the taxpayers built a stadium and track. Principal Buddy Pate then hired a coach and immediately struck gold with Head Coach Jason Scharsch.
Scharsch, now a line coach at Stewarts Creek High, got the program off to a good start with more wins than anyone expected and, as a bonus, some playoff appearances.
Like most coaches, Jason eventually took another job (at Spring Hill), but Eagleville struck gold a second time by hiring Steve Carson.
Carson had previously coached at La Vergne, Franklin County and came from a state champion program at Smyrna.
Principal Bill Tollett hired a terrific staff that has fit the Eagleville program perfectly. Over the previous 38 games, Eagleville is a sparkling 26-12 with an unbeaten regular season in 2011 when the Eagles won 11 games.
Aha, the games.
You can see the lights long before you get there on Highway 99.
When you cross Kelley Creek and turn into the “city” you can see the crowd forming, and when you join them, you can see that seemingly the entire community is there.
There’s no shortage of students, faculty, fans and elected officials. School Board member Wayne Blair is often present and Eagleville Mayor Sam Tune is a huge fan.
The hamburgers, hotdogs and popcorn are great and the support for the 2A football team often helps yield a victory.
Other positive things have happened.
School spirit, always high in the small town, exploded.
A marching band was formed from 11 students. Since that shaky beginning, the band doubled in size and has since doubled again.
The track was put to good use and Eagleville quickly became competitive and has had two state champions to date.
The 35-14 win over Watertown Friday in front of a standing room only crowd, gave the Eagles a 2-0 record and a leg up on possible 2013 playoff action.
Eagleville struck early on their first play with a 71-yard pass, Ryan Jordan to Maison Vallanca with Luke Duross kicking the extra.
It was 21-7 at the half and the Eagles never looked back and never trailed.
In two weeks (Sept. 13 against Jo Byrns), Eagleville will celebrate the 10th year anniversary of their first team. Details have yet to be announced. Better get there early.
I was 4-2 in my first weeks picks and 6-3 last week. Games for the coming week: Blackman over Riverdale, Oakland over Siegel, La Vergne over Stewarts Creek, Mt. Juliet Christian over MTCS, Eagleville over Huntland and Smyrna over Antioch.
City Auto and Greg Hall (with plenty of cars to see) also gives you the game to see this week.
If you want history, Stewarts Creek hosts La Vergne in the Red Hawks first home game ever. If you want rivals, Oakland plays host to Siegel and Riverdale goes to Blackman.
Smyrna 56, La Vergne 14 (Saturday, Aug. 24)
Blackman 38, Brentwood 28 (Thursday, Aug. 29)
Bradley Central 39, Riverdale 35
Oakland 22, White Station 8
MTCS 35, Zion Christian 0
Siegel 58, Ooltewah 45
Smyrna 34, Cane Ridge 20
Tullahoma 43, St. Creek 27
Eagleville 35, Watertown 14
Wilson Central 45, La Vergne 34