Cannon makes presence felt

By Wes Holtsclaw

He is a Warrior.
   He has shined for the athletics at Happy Valley High School for the past four years, and he is one of the most humble young men you could ever meet.
   He is one of the best catchers in this area on the baseball diamond. It is a sport that many have believed to be his best. However, he has shined as one of the top linebackers and fullbacks in East Tennessee.
   His name is Cody Cannon, and this Warrior has been wreaking havoc on offenses all season long, and not to mention a few defenses as well.
   "He's done a great job," said Happy Valley coach Stan Ogg. "He's a great leader, and he epitomized that last week against Johnson County. He had nothing but mud all over him.
   "He leaves every ounce he has on the field. I've been noticing it more and more how he works from sideline to sideline at linebacker. He is a leader by example, hard-nosed, and hard to block."
   With over 60 tackles in five games for the Warriors, Cannon (6-0, 208) has been a prime defensive monster, but he is not to be overlooked when he runs the football.
   "I love running the ball when I can and I take pride in it," said Cannon, who has 307 yards on 52 carries with seven scores to his credit this season.
   "But I love to hit people, get fired up and get after it."
   Cannon has been a prime spot in the Warrior football lineup since his freshman year, and going into his final homecoming in the Happy Valley uniform, it brings back a lot of memories.
   "It's been rough," Cannon said. "Ever since I was a freshman when we played Elizabethton, I was scared to death seeing Jason Witten across the field.
   "I've had great coaches and players who have taught me so much. I wouldn't play for any other team, the maroon and white runs all the way through me."
   It's hard for some athletes to get in the mood to play a different sport, but Cannon believes it changes with the season.
   "When football season rolls around, I get into it and I get pumped up," he said. "I take that pride in it and my school. It's the same with baseball. In each season, I get up for it."
   Cannon credits his mother, uncle and his siblings for their support throughout his career at Happy Valley.
   "Mom's (Tammie) always been there for me," Cannon said, "and so has my uncle Jim Greene. He's been like a dad coaching me and everything. My brother and sister, especially my brother Cane, who plays with me and has looked up to me, have given me plenty of support as well."
   At this point in his career, a lot of decisions must be made for the next level.
   "Carson Newman, Wofford, and Emory and Henry have contacted me, but it's hard to decide between football and baseball or both," he said. "I have to make that big decision pretty soon."
   Cody has a while to make that decision, but until then you can see him shine in his Happy Valley uniform, one season at a time.
   If he keeps his drive and dedication at the next level of his career, Cody Cannon will forever be known as a Warrior.