WCMS falls to Tullahoma

Posted By | September 5, 2019 9:27 am

Malachi Brown runs past Tullahoma defense for a touchdown.

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warriors traveled south to face the Tullahoma Wildcats, on Sept. 3.  The Warriors could not overcome the Wildcat surge in the second half.  The final score ended 24-14.

Sparta won the toss and chose to go on offense to start the game.  Tullahoma shut down the Warrior run game on the first series and brought up a punting situation.  A mistake on the special teams gave the ball to the Wildcats on Sparta’s 15-yard line.

Owen Adams is ready for the snap vs. Tullahoma.

The young Warrior defense had their backs to the goal line and stopped Tullahoma on third and goal when a pass into the end zone was intercepted by Tripp Pinion.  The Warriors took over at the five-yard line.  The Warrior offense fumbled the football into the end zone, being recovered by Owen Adams and tackled for the safety.  With 3:22 on the clock in the first quarter, Tullahoma took the lead 2-0.

Tullahoma received the free kick from the Warriors and drove the ball down 21 yards to paydirt with a quarterback run for four yards.  The extra point was no good, and Tullahoma increased the lead 8-0.  On Sparta’s very next series, a fumble on second down gave the ball back to the Wildcats.  Once again the Warriors needed the defense to step up, and they did just that, stopping the Wildcats on fourth down.

The Warriors, with momentum, moved the ball down the field, and an Adams’ pass found Malachi Brown down the sideline to score from 48 yards out.  The extra point was no good.  The score, with 3:58 to play in the second quarter, was Tullahoma 8 and the Warriors 6.  The Warriors held on defense and, with 46 seconds to play in the half, took over on offense from their 35-yard line.

A pass interference play and another big catch by Gage Stephenson gave the Warriors a much needed first down.  Kaden Mitchell took the screen pass the distance and weaved his way into the end zone to score, with seven seconds on the clock.  The extra point was good on a run around right end by Owen Adams.  Score at halftime saw the Warriors up 14-8.

Tullahoma started on offense and drove down the field and, with the help of a pass interference penalty, scored a touchdown and extra point try to give Tullahoma the lead 16 -14.  Tullahoma held the Warriors again and, with 25 seconds to play in the third quarter, they punched in another touchdown on a quarterback run from nine yards out.  Extra point try was good for two points and gave the Wildcats a 24-14 lead.

The Warrior offense was stopped in the fourth quarter, and Tullahoma won the contest by a score of 24-14.

Defensive coordinator Terry Green stated after the game, “Tullahoma played well and exposed a lot of defensive gaps that we need to tighten up.  I am proud of how our boys continued to compete until the end of the game and forced a turnover in the last minute of the game.”

The WCMS Warriors travel to Shelbyville, on Sept. 10, to take on Harris Middle School.

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