Peabody determined to return to Cookeville

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TRENTON, Tenn. – Three days into summer camp, Peabody is focused on being the last team standing. The Golden Tide earned their first gold ball in school history last season. They’re ready to return to Cookeville. “All I can say is we going to chase another ring,” senior Kendrick Malone said. Last year’s Class 2A title has the team hungry for more. Their motto is whatever it takes to get there. “Won’t stop hitting you in the mouth,” Malone said. “Fourth quarter, keep on hitting. Keep smashing, clawing — whatever we gotta do.> Malone and his teammates are led by first year head coach Shane Jacobs. The rookie coach is no stranger to the Peabody sidelines. “They’re easy to coach and love to play,” Jacobs said. “They love to learn. They’re very coachable.” The former defensive coordinator takes over with high expectations. Jacobs doesn’t mind. “They understand there’s a pressure in this community to win, but its a good kind of pressure,” Jacobs added. “The whole community is pulling for us. They want us to win and do well.” Jacobs plans on winning. But says last year’s championships season wasn’t perfect. “There’s things last year we could have done better. There’s things this year that we’re going to do better so we are as prepared as we can possibly be every Friday night.” Malone agrees with his head coach. “One big family,” Malone said. “Play as one. Win as one. Lose as one.” Peabody drops from the Class 2A to 1A this season due to region alignments. Their season opener is at home against Milan.

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