Jakobe Thomas

Jakobe Thomas rushes for a touchdown against Nolensville on Oct. 3. 

Tullahoma had two weeks to digest a disappointing 13-7 road loss to Region 4-4A opponent Nolensville on Oct 4.

With a bye week last Friday, Tullahoma (4-3, 1-2) comes into this Friday’s matchup refreshed, looking to pick up a win against another region opponent. The Wildcats will host a Lawrence County team who has a 3-4 overall record, but has gone 0-3 against region opponents so far.

Lawrence County’s three wins this year include victories over Hickman County, Loretto and Warren County. But the Wildcats have lost big to their region opponents, including being downed 38-6 to Maplewood and 43-0 to Nolensville. Before the bye week, Lawrence County lost a 48-3 matchup to region foe Marshall County on Oct. 3.

During that matchup, the Tigers ran for five touchdowns, gashing Lawrence County for 207 rushing yards. Kel Greer ran the ball six times for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Javarria Rucker added 68 rushing yards on four attempts and two scores.

Lawrence County also surrendered 205 passing yards. Bryson Hammons completed nine of his 11 pass attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

On the offensive end, Lawrence County didn’t help itself, turning the ball over three times and only generating 194 yards. Quarterback Hayden Dale completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 124 yards, while being intercepted two times.

The Wildcats were limited to just 70 rushing yards in that loss to Marshall County. The bulk of Lawrence County’s yards this year have come on the ground, as the Wildcats have run for 1,063 yards as a team.

Jondavid Bedford is Lawrence County’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 64 times for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Carr has also run the ball 49 times for 327 yards and six touchdowns.

This week, Tullahoma will be aiming to gash a Lawrence County defense that has surrendered nearly 31 points per contest. However, Tullahoma has struggled at times when it comes to moving the football.

In the loss to Nolensville, Tullahoma generated just 210 yards, the bulk of which came in rushing yards. The Wildcats ran for 112 yards, led by Jakobe Thomas, who carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards, including Tullahoma’s only score of the game.

Tullahoma also turned the ball over twice in the game, both coming off interceptions. Quarterback Ben Fulton was picked off twice, while completing 12 of his 20 passes for 98 yards.

Before that matchup against Nolensville, Tullahoma had a three-game win streak where it had outscored opponents 131-38. In its three losses this season, Tullahoma has scored a combined 20 points.

The bulk of Tullahoma’s yards this season have come on the ground. Brian Nelms has been the Wildcats’ leading rusher, picking up 463 yards on 61 carries, running for three touchdowns. Thomas has also ran the ball 30 times for 197 yards and a score.

Behind center, Fulton has completed 81 of his 130 passing attempts for 1,013 yards. Fulton has tossed eight touchdowns, while being intercepted five times.

On the defensive end, Tullahoma’s secondary has looked strong for the Wildcats. In seven combined games, Tullahoma has held opponents to 718 passing yards, an average of 103 yards per contest.

Against Nolensville last week, Tullahoma allowed the most yards it had all season. Knights’ quarterback Ryder Galardi threw for 248 yards, while being intercepted once.

Kickoff for Friday night’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. For those who can’t make it to the contest, it will be broadcast on The Rooster 101.5 FM in Tullahoma.

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