With the score tied at 7 at halftime, it didn’t take long for the Tullahoma Red Team to take control in the second half during the Wildcats’ annual Red vs. White Spring Football Game on Thursday night, riding that advantage to a 21-16 win.
On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Hunter Palmer broke free down the left side of the field, rushing for a 70-yard touchdown, giving the Red Team a 13-7 advantage. Matt Marcel came in to successfully convert the point after touchdown, making the score 14-7 with 14:49 left in the period.
From that point, the Red Team never trailed again, despite a pair of scores from the White squad. After each team traded possessions, both turning the ball over on downs, the White Team gained possession at its own 37, and turned that drive into points.
On that drive, quarterback Ryan Scott hit Hunter Jewell for a 20-yard gain. Chris McCreary followed with a 19-yard run, giving his team possession inside the Red’s 10-yard line. That’s where the drive stalled, as the White Team was forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal attempt by Justus Chadwick, who converted, making the score 14-10 with 12:52 left in the contest.
The Red Team followed with a long, 10-minute touchdown drive, sealing the victory. On fourth down, quarterback Kyler Parker hit Brody Melton with a 26-yard pass, giving his squad possession down at the White’s 2-yard line. One play later, Cayden Tucker rushed for a 2-yard touchdown and Marcel added the PAT, making the score 21-10 with 2:30 left on the clock.
The White Team added one final score before the game was over. Bo Nunley helped get the drive started with a 20-yard run, before McCreary broke free for 32 yards. As time expired, Scott got loose down the left sideline, reaching the end zone from 15 yards out, cutting the score to 21-16.
It took a while for the scoring to get started on Thursday, as neither team could put up points in the first quarter. The only attempt for points in the opening period came on a 36-yard field goal attempt by Marcel that clanked off the right upright.
The Red Team got on the scoreboard first late in the first half, after Palmer intercepted a pass, giving the Red squad possession at its 45-yard line. From there, the Red Team put together a long drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Christian Jordan. Marcel added the PAT, making the score 7-0 with 1:33 left before halftime.
Less than a minute later, the White Team answered back to tie the game. On the second play of the drive, Jakobe Thomas was able to break free down the right side of the for a 73-yard touchdown. Chadwick followed with the PAT, making the score 7-7 with 32 seconds remaining in the second period.