After a sloppy first half that saw the Tullahoma Middle School football team trail 14-8, the Wildcats battled back, securing a 24-14 home win over White County on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 4-0 on the regular season. Tullahoma is next scheduled to head to Warren County on Tuesday. Kickoff of the varsity game is slated for 6:30 p.m., with the junior varsity contest taking place beforehand at 5 p.m.
In the first half last Tuesday, both Tullahoma and White County were sloppy, as the teams turned the ball over, and were hammered with penalties. It was a mistake that lead to the Wildcats grabbing the early lead.
On first down from its own 3-yard line, White County fumbled the snap, but regained ball control. However, Tullahoma was able to sack the Warriors’ quarterback in the end zone for a safety, taking a 2-0 lead with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wildcats went on to capitalize on their next possession. On second-and-goal, quarterback Evan Tomlin rushed for his first touchdown, scoring from 4 yards out with 12 seconds left in the opening period. Tomlin went on to rush for three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ victory.
The ensuing 2-point conversion was unsuccessful. Tomlin completed his pass to Malik Grizzard, but was short of the goal line, leaving Tullahoma with an 8-0 advantage.
White County struck for a pair of big plays in the second quarter that allowed it to take a 14-8 halftime lead. The Warriors first connected for a 52-yard touchdown pass, and followed that with a 21-yard scoring completion with 7 seconds left before halftime.
Out of the break, Tullahoma dominated the final two quarters of play. On their first offensive possession, the Wildcats took the ball down for points, taking the lead for good.
Tomlin again rushed for a touchdown, this time from 7 yards out. The ensuing 2-point attempt was successful, as Tomlin was one again connected with Grizzard, this time scoring, which allowed Tullahoma to take a 16-14 advantage with 5:17 remaining in the third period.
The Wildcats added their final score with just 25 seconds left in the third quarter, as Tomlin dove into the end zone, scoring from 9 yards away. Tomlin then connected with Faizon Snipes on the ensuing 2-point attempt, raising Tullahoma’s lead to 24-14.
Late into the fourth quarter, Tullahoma fumbled the ball away. However, on the very next play, the Wildcats regained possession, as Khani Johnson intercepted a pass.
White County did get the ball back one last time, but were unable to do anything on the offensive end as time ran out.