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Defense shines in Wildcats' 14-13 upset of Marshall County

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Sept 1, 2018
Photo by Lifeworks Media & Photography

Tullahoma defensive back Kaleb Stroop intercepts a pass with 23 seconds remaining in Friday’s contest against Marshall County in Lewisburg. The Wildcats’ defense held the Tigers in check all night, as Tullahoma escaped with a 14-13 victory.

Getting solid defense play the entire night, key offensive conversions and even a little luck, Tullahoma was able to pull off an upset in Lewisburg on Friday night, defeating Marshall County 14-13 in a thriller, the Tigers’ first region loss since 2014.
With 5:49 left in the contest and his team trailing 14-7, Marshall County running back Javarria Rucker scored on a 14-yard touchdown run. However, the ensuing point after touchdown (PAT) kick by John Estes was wide, as Tullahoma held a 14-13 advantage.
Clinging to its one-point lead, Tullahoma’s defense needed to come away with one final stand after the Tigers’ took over possession at their 16-yard line with 1:40 remaining on the clock. From there, Marshall County was able to drive downfield to the Wildcats’ 46-yard line before calling its final timeout of the game with 30 seconds remaining.
On a play-action pass attempt, Tigers’ quarterback Malik Thomison rolled to his right, heaving a pass attempt downfield. Tullahoma safety Kaleb Stroop was able to make a leaping grab, intercepting the pass, coming down with possession, sealing the victory for Tullahoma.

Marshall Co. Game Photos -by Lifeworks Media & Photography

THS captures Coffee Pot with 48-8 victory

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Aug 25, 2018
Tullahoma News Photo by Zach Birdsong

Captains for the 93rd Annual Coffee Pot game, Briaseb Corn (9), Kobe Burks (21), Payton Howard (16), Kaleb Stroop (10) and Ty Cox (52) head out to mid-field for the coin toss.

   From the very start, Tullahoma ensured that it would be retaining the Coffee Pot, dominating in a 48-8 home win over Coffee County on Friday.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats held Coffee County in check the entire night, surrendering just 73 yards and five first downs. In fact, it took until the final drive of the game for the Red Raiders to cross over into positive yardage.
   After being held to -4 offensive yards, Coffee County pieced together a four-play, 77-yard drive that ended the shutout with 17 seconds left in the contest. Collin Ward scored the Red Raiders’ lone touchdown on a 1-yard run, and then Andrew Mahaffey reached the end zone on the 2-point attempt, to make the score 48-8.
   “I thought our defense played outstanding,” said THS Head Coach John Olive. “I know at halftime they [Coffee County] had just one first down and that was off of a penalty. Even when we played it down [with substitutions] in the third quarter, our defense was still playing well. I think our defense has the chance to be a good defense.”

Coffee Pot Game Photos - by Lifeworks Media & Photography

Wildcats fight, but fall to Shelbyville 31-13

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Aug 17, 2018
Tullahoma News Photo by Zach Birdsong

Tullahoma running back Briasen Corn fights for extra yards against Shelbyville on Thursday. Corn rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries for the Wildcats. 

   After grabbing a 13-10 advantage early in the second quarter, Tullahoma couldn’t sustain that lead, as Shelbyville went on to score 21 unanswered points, notching the 31-13 road win in the season opener on Thursday.
   The Golden Eagles struck with big plays on the offensive side of the ball, collecting 467 yards against the Wildcats. After starting off hot, Tullahoma’s offense became stagnant, as the ’Cats totaled 287 yards in the loss.
   Shelbyville quarterback Grayson Tramel threw for three touchdowns on the night, completing 17 of his 26 passes for 250 yards. Tramel was intercepted once in the third quarter, when Tullahoma defensive back Quintin Howard was able to pick off a pass.
   After grabbing a 13-10 advantage early in the second quarter, Tullahoma couldn’t sustain that lead, as Shelbyville went on to score 21 unanswered points, notching the 31-13 road win in the season opener on Thursday.

Shelbyville Game Photos -by Lifeworks Media & Photography  

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