Prep Football

Ayson Quinn and North Jackson open the 2019 season on the road against Plainview.

Chandler Tygard will have two debuts as North Jackson’s new head football coach.

The unofficial debut comes Aug. 23 in a fall jamboree at home against Guntersville. The official debut comes a week later when the Chiefs travel to Rainsville for their season opener against Plainview.

“That Guntersville game is just a preseason scrimmage,” he said,” but since we didn’t play a spring jamboree, I think people will be hyped to see what we’re doing new. We’re treating that like a (regular-season) game.”

Tygard took over at North Jackson in April, replacing Mark Rose, who left after a second tenure with the Chiefs to become the head coach at Russell County. Tygard was the offensive coordinator at Madison Academy last season and the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator respectively at Tennessee schools Ravenwood and Notre Dame before that.

North Jackson’s 2019 season starts in earnest after the Guntersville jamboree and trip to face Plainview. The Chiefs begin defense of its Class 4A Region 7 title when they visit Danville Sept. 6 to play a Hawks team that figures to get a boost from transfer quarterback Luke Nail, who a Class 5A second-team all-state selection for Tygard and Madison Academy last season.

“That’s not exactly a coach vs. player thing, but I know he’ll make them better,” Tygard said. “He knows our system, I know him, so it’ll be fun challenge.”

North Jackson’s other region contests are home games with DAR Sept. 13, St. John Paul II Sept. 20, Priceville Oct. 11 and Randolph Oct. 25. The Chiefs travel for region games Sept. 6 at Danville, Oct. 4 at Fairview and Oct. 18 at West Morgan.

North Jackson’s non-region games include the game at Class 3A Plainview, a visit to Trammell Stadium to take on archrival 5A Scottsboro and its regular-season finale at home vs. 5A Arab.

“Some of the teams I’m familiar with,” Tygard said. “We played Arab and Scottsboro last season, and Scottsboro was one of our toughest games. I’m excited about that rivalry. 

“The thing with us is we’ve got to be focused on every game. We’re excited about the season, but right now we’re not focused on it. We’ve got a lot to do to get there. But it’s going to be fun. We’ve been working to change the culture. We’re going to have a completely new game atmosphere with an entirely different brand of football. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”

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