Jakobe Thomas

Tullahoma’s Jakobe Thomas breaks free during a punt return for a touchdown against Spring Hill on Sept. 20. Thomas was named as the Region 4-4A Athlete of the Year, as the junior played all three sides of the ball for Tullahoma. In total, Thomas scored 18 touchdowns on the year, 16 of which came on the offensive end.

All Region 4-4A selections were made on Monday and Tullahoma had 12 players receive postseason honors.

Jakobe Thomas received the lone individual award as he was named the region’s Athlete of the Year. The junior played on all three sides of the ball for the Wildcats this past season.

On the offensive end, Thomas became Tullahoma’s primary running back midway through the season. He finished his season with 14 offensive touchdowns on the season, rushing for eight scores, and adding six scoring receptions.

Eight of those 14 touchdowns came in the final two games for Thomas. During the regular-season finale against Maplewood on Nov. 2, Thomas put up four scores, before adding four more touchdowns in the Wildcats’ playoff loss at DeKalb County on Nov. 9.

He finished the year with 482 rushing yards on 68 carries, an average of 7.1 yards per play. Thomas added 29 receptions for 496 yards, netting 17.1 yards per catch.

On the defensive end, Thomas had 16 tackles and also forced three turnovers, all of which were interceptions. He even had a pick-six, which came in the final game of the regular season against Maplewood.

Thomas was also used as a returner on the Wildcats’ special teams unit. He returned a punt for a score at Spring Hill on Sept. 20.

Tullahoma also had five players who were named to the Region 4-4A First Team Offense. Those players included, offensive linemen Ian Poe and Cadden Bradford, alongside quarterback Ben Fulton, tight end Hunter Jewell and wide receiver Hunter Palmer.

Poe and Bradford were solid for Tullahoma on the line, helping anchor an offense that generated 341 yards per contest. As a team, the Wildcats threw for 1,999 yards while adding 1,754 on the ground.

Fulton completed 125 of his 194 pass attempts on the season, throwing for 1,899 yards. The senior quarterback tossed 16 touchdown passes while being intercepted six times.

His longest throw of the season came at Giles County on Oct. 24 when Fulton connected with Hunter Palmer for a 93-yard score. Palmer led Tullahoma in receptions on the year, hauling in 35 catches for 504 yards and three touchdowns. The senior wide receiver even rushed for three more scores on the year.

Jewell added 17 catches on the year for Tullahoma. The senior tight end picked up 232 yards, while also scoring three touchdowns.

The Wildcats additionally had two players named to the Region 4-AAA First Team Defensive Team. Linebacker Jacob Floyd and defensive back Quintin Howard were named as region selections.

Floyd and Howard finished as Tullahoma’s top leading tacklers on the year. Floyd led the Wildcats with 67 tackles, while Howard had 49.

The two combined for nine turnovers on the season. Howard intercepted three passes on the season, while also causing and recovering two fumbles. Floyd forced three fumbles, recovering one, which came in the season opener against at Shelbyville.

Tullahoma had four players also named to the Region 4-AAA Second Team. Jake Hollandsworth was named for his play on the offensive and defensive end. Cooper Lawson, was credited for his play in the Wildcats’ secondary.

Brian Nelms was also selected for his versatility, lining up as linebacker and running back for Tullahoma. Kicker Will Stone was named for his play on the special teams unit.

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