Staff Photo by Dan Henry -- Hixson High School's Randy Boyd, 5, dives for yardage while playing against Silverdale Baptist during a football jamboree held at Finley Stadium on Friday.
Jacob Huesman got a run-through Friday night at Finley Stadium, where the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach's son probably will spend a lot of Saturdays this football season.
Huesman and the Baylor Red Raiders played Boyd-Buchanan to a 20-minute scoreless tie in the city high school jamboree.
"I was a little shaky with my passes," said the junior quarterback who transferred to Baylor after Russ Huesman accepted the Mocs coaching position in December. "I won't blame it on anything. Just say I'll be back out there working come Monday."
He completed one of four passes for 16 yards. He overthrew one receiver and had another pass skip off the receiver's fingertips.
He said he didn't really feel pressure, although he was playing on his dad's team's home field.
"Being Coach Huesman's kid doesn't have anything to do with it. The only time I really get nervous is when he comes to watch me play," Jacob said.
The Red Raiders stepped out of character by passing on eight of their 12 offensive plays despite the presence of Sam Williams, the area's rushing leader last season.
"We didn't give you much to write about," coach Phil Massey said. "We have a lot more experience and depth in the skill positions, and if there's pressure we'd rather it be on them than on a young offensive line. We need to see if we can stretch defenses -- horizontally and vertically -- so we can run the football."
Huesman is eager to help them do it.
Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...