By ZACH BIRDSONG
It may have just been a scrimmage last Friday, but for the Tullahoma High School football team, it meant hope could possibly be on the horizon as the regular season draws nearer.
With its first game of the season against Shelbyville Central moved up to Aug. 17, the Wildcats will be looking to put to rest a current 21-game losing streak that dates back to a November 2014 playoff loss to Rhea County. Tullahoma took its first step to achieving that goal last Friday, defeating Walker Valley 35-34 at The University of the South.
Breaking off multiple long runs for scores and connecting on timely passes, the Wildcat offense looked in sync against the Mustangs. Amauri Burks, Briasen Corn and Kameron Halliburton all had strong performances at the halfback position, each scoring on runs of 20-plus yards in the scrimmage.
Nic Barstad looked in control of the Wildcats’ offense at the quarterback position. Ben Fulton also made the most of his chances behind center, connecting on a pair of long passes.
While things on the offensive end looked solid, Tullahoma’s defense was less than desirable in its first scrimmage. However, the Wildcats stiffened up when they needed to, getting stops and holding on just long enough for Tullahoma to be able to celebrate the win.
Now the challenge for Tullahoma will be sustaining and carrying that momentum into this Friday night, as the Wildcats head to McMinnville for their second scrimmage against Warren County. That contest is slated get underway at 6:30 p.m. so long as the weather holds off long enough.
Tullahoma will follow that with a short week, wrapping up its preseason with one final scrimmage, its annual Fan Feast, slated to take place on Tuesday. The Wildcats will welcome Columbia to Wilkins Stadium with kickoff getting underway at 7 p.m.
The regular season for Tullahoma gets underway on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. as the Wildcats will head down to Shelbyville Central. That contest was originally scheduled for Aug. 18, but was pushed up due to a shortage of referees in the area, with both coaches agreeing so long as it would be the only locally played contest that day.