Pigeon Forge football team had banner year

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 01:49 PM

 Despite a 61-13 second-round playoff loss to the Alcoa Tornadoes on Friday night, the Pigeon Forge Tigers under first-year coach Scott Meadows have a lot to be proud of.

“We don’t have anything to hang our heads about,” said Meadows.

“We accomplished something no one else thought we could accomplish,” he added, referring to the Tigers’ first-ever playoff victory two weeks ago against Sullivan North, 34-27.

“These guys worked so hard from Day 1,” he said. “From Day 1, we didn’t have work ethic, we didn’t really have a team. We had a bunch of individuals out there, but they developed into a pretty good football team.”

Meadows said a group of Pigeon Forge seniors will be missed in the future. Chris Rasberry, Devin Boyd, Scott LaFollette, Austin Stepson, Tyler Watts, Presley Turner, Brandon McCauley, Hunter Finchum, Dean Zsizeri, Irvin Martinez and Colby and Colton Nugent represented the senior class of the first Pigeon Forge playoff game winners.

“These seniors have kind of set the bar of where we need to get to in the future,” said Meadows.

And with potentially 18 starters returning next season, the Tigers believe that future can be bright.

“We’ve got a good foundation, and the sky is the limit for this group,” said Meadows. “We’ve just got to start believing.

“Whenever we step on the field, we’ve got to expect to win.”