Quarterback Danny Martinez scored three touchdowns for the Tullahoma Middle School football team, getting the Wildcats back into the win column with a 22-0 victory over Warren County at home on Tuesday night.
After Tullahoma was held scoreless in the first quarter, it took just seven seconds of the second period for the Wildcats to get into the scoring column. Martinez held on to the football, rushing for an 18-yard touchdown with 7:53 left before halftime.
On the ensuing 2-point conversion, Martinez was able to hit Zane Hopf for the successful attempt, giving the Wildcats an 8-0 advantage.
Tullahoma added one final touchdown before the second quarter ended, taking a 14-0 edge into the locker room. With 3:11 left in the opening half, Martinez hit Ashton Dodd for a score. However, on the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt, Tullahoma fumbled the ball and was turned down for points.
Hopf made one final play for the Wildcats before the first half ended, intercepting a ball with four seconds left in the second quarter. However, Tullahoma couldn’t add to its advantage.
Out of the break, Tullahoma scored after forcing a fumble and recovering at Warren County’s 37-yard line. The Wildcats scored quickly as Martinez and Dodd connected for their second score of the game.
Jalen Hill rushed in the ensuing 2-point conversion, giving the Wildcats a 22-0 advantage with 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Pioneers looked poised to score on their next possession, driving inside Tullahoma’s 10-yard line. However, Clayton Litchford was there to recover the ball for the Wildcats, giving his team possession. From that point, Tullahoma was able to milk the clock and hold on to the victory.
Tullahoma will stay at home this coming Tuesday when it hosts South in a Central Tennessee Conference matchup. Kickoff of the varsity game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the junior varsity matchup taking place beforehand at 5 p.m.