Lincoln Co. shuts out Tullahoma 34-0
by Bash on Saturday, October 25, 2014


  The Tullahoma Wildcats were held scoreless for the first time in three years and saw their playoff chances take a serious hit in a 34-0 loss to Lincoln County Friday night at Meadows-Thompson Stadium in Fayetteville. Senior Riley Darden was named the Top Rehab Services Player of the Game.
  The loss leaves the ‘Cats (4-5, 2-3) in a must-win situation next week  when Coffee County visits for the annual Coffee Pot game. The Red Raiders (2-7, 0-5) fell to Shelbyville Friday 48-12. With a win over the Red Raiders and some help, Tullahoma could sneak into the playoffs. A loss to Coffee County ends all playoff hopes for the ‘Cats.

  Lincoln County (4-6, 3-3) ended its season with its best performance of the year. The Falcons controlled the clock and the game from start to finish, out-gaining the Wildcats 312-168 in total offense. [Full Story]


Lawrence Co. forces seven turnovers to topple Tullahoma
by Bash on Sunday, October 19, 2014


C. Scott Shasteen -
Tullahoma almost doubled its turnover total for the season Friday night with seven miscues in a 33-14 loss to Lawrence County in Lawrenceburg.
With the win, Lawrence Co. (6-2, 3-1) takes over sole possession of second place in District 8-AAA, and barring any upsets will play Shelbyville on Halloween night for the district championship. The Golden Eagles beat Columbia 49-48 in overtime.
The loss eliminates Tullahoma (4-4, 2-2) from district title contention, although the Wildcats are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. They will finish second in the district if they win their final two games and Lawrence Co. loses its last two.
But that is an unlikely scenario, and not one the Cats are focused on this week. They must reverse the turnover trend and get ready to play their fourth straight road game in Fayetteville against Lincoln Co. this Friday night.
The mistakes started early, after the Wildcat defense stopped the home team on fourth-and-four at the Tullahoma 24-yard line on the opening possession.
On third-and-three at its 37, quarterback Eli Grow’s fumble was recovered by Lawrence Co. The THS defense stepped up though, blocking a Lawrence Co. field goal attempt.
Following a shanked punt by Riley Darden, the home Wildcats took advantage and scored on a one-yard run by quarterback Tanner Wray. With 1:03 to play in the first quarter Lawrence Co. led 7-0.[Full Story]


Tullahoma storms back to beat Columbia
by Bash on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
 
It was the fourth consecutive win for Tullahoma (4-3, 2-1) after opening the season with three straight losses, and considering where it took place and the quality of the opponent, it just doesn’t get much better for the Wildcat football family. The Wildcats are now tied for second place in District 8-AAA with Lawrence County, their next opponent in two weeks.
  “I’m just so proud of this team and how they kept playing hard tonight even though it looked like we didn’t have a chance,” said Tullahoma head coach John Olive. “I think this is the best comeback win of my coaching career. These guys just never gave up and I’m really proud of them.”
  The game-winning touchdown came with 6:54 remaining when Cole Potter caught a short pass from Eli Grow and broke multiple tackles on his way to a 46-yard score to give the Wildcats a 39-35 lead. Columbia added a safety with 2:47 remaining to cut the lead to 39-37, but the Tullahoma defense stopped a fourth-down conversion attempt by the Lions with 50 seconds remaining to seal the win.
  “Cole’s run was as good of a run as I’ve seen,” added Olive. “He is a special player. We haven’t won here in 10 years or more, so it’s a big win for our football team.”
  Potter scored three touchdowns and added a two-point conversion pass that proved to be the difference in the game. He also intercepted a pass to set up the game-winning touchdown, and was named the Top Rehab Services Player of the Game.
  The win comes on the heels of last week’s comeback win over Warren County, where the Cats overcame a 21-10 third-quarter deficit to beat the Pioneers 43-21. [Full Story]

Tullahoma scores final 33 points to rout Warren Co.
by Bash on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

C. Scott Shasteen
  The Tullahoma Wildcats scored three touchdowns in a 104-second span of the fourth quarter, overcoming an 11-point deficit to beat the Warren County Pioneers 43-21 Friday night at Nunley Stadium in McMinnville. The win was the third straight for the ‘Cats, who travel to District 8-AAA rival Columbia next week.
  “We took advantage of their mistakes and were able to score when we got the opportunity,” said head coach John Olive. “Warren County has a good football team and they took it to us early in the second half. We weren’t real sharp tonight but its a testament to our guys that they hung in there.”
  The Wildcats (3-3, 1-1) were once again led by senior Cole Potter, who scored four touchdowns and played most of the game at quarterback. Potter has now accounted for 12 touchdowns in the past four games. He threw a 32-yard TD pass to Jake Crabtree, scored on a three-yard  and a 32-yard run, and returned a punt 50 yards for the final score of the game. He was named the Top Rehab Services Player of the Game.
  Riley Darden scored the other two touchdowns for Tullahoma, the first on a 15-yard run and the other on a beautiful 67-yard gallop down the sideline.
  Tullahoma started fast with Potter at QB after Aaron Gray opened the game with a 25-yard kickoff return, setting the Cats up for the first possession at their 48-yard line. Potter ran five times and completed two passes before handing off to Darden for the game’s first score from 15 yards away. Will Holt added the PAT and Tullahoma, playing its first road game in a month, led 7-0 with 8:20 left in the first quarter.
  The Wildcats forced Warren County to punt on its first two possessions and the Tullahoma offense went back to work after the second, driving 63 yards late in the first quarter. The drive stalled at the Pioneer 18-yard line, but Holt nailed a 32-yard field goal and Tullahoma’s lead was 10-0 with 1:08 left in the opening stanza. [Full Story]

Potter crafts Wildcat win over Franklin County
by Bash on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

C. Scott Shasteen
  Tullahoma wore brand new black jerseys with cardinal numbers, and it helped make a homecoming win over a bitter rival that much sweeter.
  Senior Cole Potter returned the second half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, one of four on the night for him, to lead the Tullahoma Wildcats to a 34-14 District 8-AAA win over Franklin County Friday night at Wilkins Stadium.
  Potter scored four touchdowns for the second time in three weeks, but this time he spread it around. Against Shelbyville all four came on rushing plays, but Friday Potter showed variety. In addition to the kickoff return, he caught a 52-yard TD pass from Chase Dixon and ran scores in from four and two yards away lining up at quarterback. He played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner during the contest.
  “Cole Potter is a special player and he plays really hard,” said Wildcat head coach John Olive. “We’re fortunate that he’s on our team and just imagine how good he would be if he was totally healthy.” Potter has battled ankle problems all season. [Full Story]

Tullahoma beats Giles Co. to give John Olive win 150 at THS
by Bash on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

C. Scott Shasteen
 
Sophomore quarterback Chase Dixon threw two touchdown passes and added a third on the ground to lead the Tullahoma Wildcats to a 21-14 victory over Giles County Friday night at Wilkins Stadium. The win was win number 150 for John Olive at Tullahoma in his 22 seasons leading the Wildcats.
  “Players win games and I’ve told you all that,” said the humble Olive on the field following the game. “I’m proud of this team as we’ve learned how to compete and that gives us a chance to win. I thought Chase played well. He gives us a different option with his running and he made the correct read most every time tonight.”
  It was the Wildcat defense that made the difference, despite allowing 363 total yards. Tullahoma intercepted quarterback Trevor Holder twice and sacked the talented senior four times, then held the Bobcats to 22 rushing yards in the second half and stopped Giles Co. three times on fourth down.
  “Mikey Lett played really well for us tonight,” continued Olive. “He was all over the field and he saved us a couple of times with big tackles that prevented touchdowns. Without even looking at the video I know he played a great game.”
  Lett was named the Top Rehab Services Player of the Game. [Full Story]

Tullahoma and Shelbyville combine for 34 fourth-quarter points
by Bash on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
 

C. Scott Shasteen. /
  It is cliche’ but true
  When Tullahoma and Shelbyville get together in any sport you can throw out the records.
  Friday night was no exception as the two schools engaged in a certified shootout that ended with Shelbyville escaping Wilkins Stadium clinging to a 39-35 win in the opening District 8-AAA game for each team.
  “We easily played our best game of the season,” said Wildcat head coach John Olive on the field following the game. “Give Shelbyville credit as they did what they had to do to win the game at the end by marching down the field and scoring. We made a lot of progress tonight though.”
  Tullahoma led 14-0 after one quarter and 21-13 at halftime. The Wildcats clung to a 21-19 lead entering a fourth quarter that would see the two teams combine to score 34 points.
   The Wildcats (0-3, 0-1) showed a big-play capability that had been missing in the first two games, led by Cole Potter’s four touchdowns and Chase Dixon’s 150 passing yards and two scores. Tullahoma will host Giles County Friday night. [Full Story]


Stewarts Creek Feasts on Wildcats for Homecoming
by Bash on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 
  Tullahoma (0-2) will prepare to host District 8-AAA defending champion Shelbyville at Wilkins Stadium Friday night. The Golden Eagles are 1-1 after beating Warren County 38-28.
  But the Wildcats have got a lot of work to do after being outscored 76-21 in their first two games. Tullahoma trailed Stewarts Creek 27-0 at halftime and didn’t score until the fourth quarter.Wildcat head coach John Olive was staying positive on the field following the game, despite one of the worst starts of his coaching career.
  “We went through this in 2009,” said Olive. “That team got better and ended up competing for a playoff berth. We can do the same thing but we have got to start playing better. I like how we didn’t lay down at the end and we kept competing and got a couple of scores.” [Full Story]


Female kicker turning heads at Tullahoma
by Bash on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By: August 25, 2014 11:36 AM AST
  Claire Reagan gets some double takes on the football field.
  She hears reactions like, “Whoa, that’s a girl.”
  Reagan is the first female kicker for Tullahoma coach John Olive, who is in his 22nd season.
  “I got beat by one once upon a time back in 1999,” said Olive,   referring to Kenwood all-state kicker Jenny Cox. “They beat us in   overtime 17-14. It was a chip-shot field goal.”
  Olive hopes Reagan will kick some big field goals for Tullahoma   someday. She is the backup kicker, who will come in for point after   touchdown and short field goal attempts.
  The junior has gotten a lot of positive feedback for being on the team.
  “Everybody thinks it’s pretty cool,” Reagan said. “I haven’t gotten   any negative comments or anything. (My teammates) are really supportive.   They took me in like a little sister and they’re really nice.
  “My mom was a little hesitant at first, but I kind of convinced her   to let me come out and just try it and see what it was like. She was   nervous. She didn’t want me to get hurt or anything because you can get   tackled and hurt. But she’s supportive and she thinks it’s cool, too.”
  Reagan feels comfortable kicking from anywhere in the 30-yard range.
  Read more at Tennessean.com.


McGavock Takes Down Tullahoma 42-7 in Season Opener
by Bash on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Next Win will be 150 for John Olive at Tullahoma
by Bash on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 /
C. Scott Shasteen -
The Tullahoma Wildcats will open their 22nd   year under Head Coach John Olive when they host the McGavock Raiders on   Friday, Aug. 22 at Wilkins Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m., and the contest   will be broadcast on sports radio The Ticket AM 740, 105.1 FM, theticketradio.com, Tunein radio, and LightTUBe channel 11.
    Tullahoma is coming off a 5-6 finish in 2013, including a 3-3 mark in   District 8-AAA. The Wildcats were beaten in the first round of the   TSSAA state football playoffs. The Raiders, under Head Coach Jay Gore, were also 5-6 last season and were beaten by Overton in the postseason. McGavock overcame a 25-8 halftime deficit last year on their home turf and beat the Wildcats 35-25.
    Olive has been a head coach for 25 years, with an overall record of   175-102. At Tullahoma he has won 149 games and lost 87, meaning his first win of the 2014 season will be the 150th of his tenure   at the helm of the Wildcat football program. No other head coach in Tullahoma’s 88-year football history won even 100 games while leading the program. (FULL STORY)


The 2014 THS Media Guide
by Bash on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The all new 2014 media guide for the 2014 Tullahoma Wildcats.



Inky Johnson Visits THS
by Bash on Monday, August 4, 2014
   Inky Johnson visited Tullahoma tonight and spoke to the Tullahoma Quarterback club and the football players at the high school. After speaking, Inky took time to talk to many of these THS players one-on-one for a few minutes as he autographed his a copy of his book for them.
   Here is a brief history from his web site, www.inkyjohnson.com.
   September   9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute.
   For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.
   His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.
   Inky’s injury didn't turn him into an inspiration.
   It just showed the world the inspirational life he’s been living all; along. Executives, sports teams, church members, and young people all benefit from the raw energy of his charismatic speaking. Whether the; topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life.
   For his complete story or to purchase a copy of his book, please visit his website...For more photos of the evening, click here.

Gearing Up For The2014 Season
by Bash on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
   As The 2014 Wildcat Web is gearing up for the 2140 season, so are the THS Wildcat Football team. We have done a little re-design for this season. Feel free to let us know what you think, whether it be good or bad. Bear with us if you find a broken link over the next week, sometimes one or two are missed. But we will get them fixed. Also we will have all of the team photos, coaches and cheerleaders online as soon as photo-day is set.
  We are going to be out and about town working on some sponsorship for this year. If you are interested in placing a banner on the Wildcat Web, please contact us.You can also visit our  Wildcat Web FaceBook Page as well.

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