Scott High will open its 2021 season in Coalfield this Friday, and the Highlanders will tangle with the state’s fifth-ranked team in Class A football in the Yellow Jackets.
Coalfield was tied for No. 5 in the Associated Press’s first poll of the season, after defeating Wartburg 42-0 last week. Last year, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 40-8 in the season opener, en route to a state semifinal appearance.
The Yellow Jackets are breaking in a new head coach, after hiring Benson Napier in January. Napier replaced Keith Henry, who died in December of Covid-19. Henry’s brother, Jared Henry, the team’s defensive coordinator, also died of covid.
Napier was an assistant at Harriman last season, but he is a Coalfield alumnus. He played offensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets and graduated in 2013. He walked on at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Tusculum. He worked as an assistant coach on Henry’s staff in 2019.
The Henry brothers were cousins of Scott High athletics director Eric Henry. The 2021 season marks the first time since the mid 1990s that Scott and Coalfield have met in football. The Highlanders won the last meeting, 1996, by a score of 28-7. The Yellow Jackets defeated Scott High in 1995.