Tullahoma Holds Off Pearl-Cohn Comeback Attempt In Battle Of Region Heavyweights
Tullahoma took a massive step towards securing a Region 5-4A title, as they held off a Pearl-Cohn comeback attempt in a 24-21 victory for the Wildcats. “That was as intense of a game as we have been in a long time.” Tullahoma Head Coach John Olive said, “We are a gritty football team that will battle and will fight until the end.” It was all Wildcats in the first half, as Tullahoma jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, followed by another touchdown in the second quarter that extended the lead to 21-0 before halftime. Ryan Scott was the go-to-guy on offense all night for the Wildcats, finishing with 72 passing yards and a touchdown, while making several plays with his legs as the game went along. The Wildcat defense was phenomenal for most of the game, but the plan to slow down the dynamic Pearl-Cohn offense worked really well throughout the first half and for most of the third quarter. “Our defense played extremely tough tonight.” Olive said, “We were dealing with some injuries and had some guys playing both ways. Some teams would have folded at the end, so I am proud of our guys.” Four-star recruit Barion Brown led the comeback effort for the Firebirds, finishing with 190 rushing yards and a touchdown on the night. The Firebirds led 24-7 in the third quarter at one point, and once they started to find ways to get Brown the ball in space, the lead was cut down to 24-21 all of the sudden. “(Barion) Brown may be the best high school football player that I have seen in person.” Olive said, “He was as tough as nails and a great competitor.” The momentum looked to be completely on the side of Pearl-Cohn as they drove deep into Tullahoma territory down by three, with less than two minutes left in the game. Olive’s “gritty” team lived up to that title, forcing a game-sealing fumble with less than a minute to go in the game. Tullahoma will look to continue their undefeated season next week as they travel to Hillwood, while Pearl-Cohn will look to bounce back next week as they travel to Glencliff.