Lights, Camera, Action! 2020 season opens tonight

sTEPHEN kININGHAM HAS PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN the fortunes of bLOUNT pRESS rOW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. An early webmaster for the site, Stephen and his wife, Holly, returned to Blount County from Houston because of the pandemic. To keep himself busy, he got himself a camera. Boy, are we glad he did. These are some of his first-ever shots. Enjoy!
Heritage quarterback Zach Hollman drops back and looks over the field at a practice this fall. A senior, Hollman really looks the part entering his final campaign.
Junior Safdar McCrary, a transfer from California, will get the start for Alcoa when the Tornadoes host Blackman in the opener on Saturday.
Rifle-armed sophomore Zach Lunsford will split time with McCrary as Alcoa settles on a replacement for departed starter Sam Vaulton. With teams unable to scrimmage because of the pandemic this fall, Tornado coach Gary Rankin said in-game performance will decide things. Junior Cam Burden will also get snaps.
When it comes to the quarterback spot, the Governors are set. And this, sophomore Matthew Clemmer, is the backup! Matthew's older brother, Trey, a senior, is a three-year returning starter. Oh, yeah. William Blount is going to throw it some.
The new starter for the Rebels is junior Carson Jones. Special. We've never known Maryville not to have an ace at the quarterback position. Jones has all the tools to join the greats. Not only can he throw; he's got some real lights-out wheels.
Just like the shot. Rebel sophomore Cannon Johnson can get up!
Junior Caden Buckles won't be eligible for a while after transferring from Catholic, but, judging from what we've seen at Tornado practices, he'll certainly be worth the wait.
Safdar loads the cannon. Cool pic.
Lunsford. Yep. That's what it's supposed to look like.
Early Photo of the Year entrant. We've said it before and we'll say it again; nobody, nobody, nobody has a view from their stadium quite like Heritage.
Rebel sophomore Tezz Dozier moves and grooves with teammate Mason May in hot pursuit.
Even in shorts and pads, the Governors get after it. Here, Daniel Worley (71) crashes into the O-line at recent practice.
Retooling after significant losses to graduation following last year's championship season, the Rebels return senior and 2019 Blount County rushing champion Parker McGill.
Please, please, please remember Covid-19 is NOT gone. Mask up tonight and get home safe.
One more look as Maryville backup Caleb Dunford makes the pitch to Dozier. This shot is just plain killer! Where did Tezz get those socks!