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Cats Roll in 2nd Half and head to Semi-Finals of State Football Playoffs

It was a game of two halves between the Tullahoma Wildcats and the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds.

In the quarterfinal TSSAA state playoff Class 4-A matchup the Wildcats could not get their offense on track in the first half, but the defense played tough against the talented Firebirds.

Tullahoma held Pearl-Cohn to only one score in the first 2 quarters. Jayden Robinson scored for the Firebirds on a 29-yard touchdown run with 4:17 left in the half. That was the only score by either team when the teams headed to the dressing room.

After finally getting a flow going on offense the Cats capitalized on Firebird mistakes late in the 3rd. With solid defensive play and Pearl-Cohn turnovers, QB Ryan Scott ran in from 1-yard out and Justus Chadwick added an extra-point to tie the game.

In the 4th quarter with 9:41 left, Scott threw the ball back to Senior TE Brody Melton and on the trick play Melton hit Krys Uselton from 43 yards out to give Tullahoma a 14-7 lead.

The Wildcats added to their outstanding 2nd half as Scott hit Brody Melton for a 26-yard touchdown. Melton used his strength as he carried and ran over defenders the final 10 yards with 3:41 left in the game to give Tullahoma a 21-7 lead.

Later in the 4th with 1:52 left, Krys Uselton intercepted a Firebird pass and Wildcats went into the victory formation.

The 21-7 win sends the Cats to the semi-finals for only the third time in school history, 1979, 1987, 2021.

Tullahoma at 13-0 on the season will host the 13-0 Haywood Tomcats at 7 p.m. on Friday night. You can hear the game on your exclusive radio home on the Wildcats, 93.9 The Duck starting with our pre-game show at 6 p.m.

Photo: Keishawn Cummings leaps over a Firebird defender. Picture courtesy of Zach Birdsong with Tullahoma Schools

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current General Manager Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for nearly 3,600 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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