The Tullahoma Wildcats opened the season with a 28-14 victory at Shelbyville in the Battle of 41-A Thursday Night.
After a scoreless first quarter the Wildcats struck first when Ryan Scott connected with Joe Duncan on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 7:40 left in the first half.
Shelbyville answered right back with a 16-yard connection between Kade Cunningham and Kendall Trice with 2:08 left in the second quarter. The Eagle PAT attempt was blocked.
Keishawn Cummings broke lose for his first score of the night on a 47-yard scamper into the endzone with 1:00 remaining in the opening half to put the Wildcats up 14-6 at the break.
Shelbyville opened the third quarter with an 8-minute scoring drive that was capped off by a two yard Laquan Young TD run, the two point attempt was good and the game was tied at 14 with 3:45 left in the third.
The Tullahoma counter took just 31 seconds as Cummings broke free on a 46-yard touchdown run to give the Cats the lead for good with 3:14 left in the third. Cummings would ice the game just :45 seconds later with a 33-yard score with 2:14 to play in the third.
Cummings tallied 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 7 carries and For his efforts Cummings was named the Giles Dunn Diamond Company Player of the Game.
Quarterback Ryan Scott was 11-15 for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and Jacob Dixon was Tullahoma’s leading receiver with 8 catches for 109 yards.
The Wildcats are on the road again next week as they travel up highway 55 to Manchester to face Coffee County in the Annual Coffee Pot Game next Friday at 7:00. You can hear every moment of Tullahoma football all season long with Scott Shasteen and Ken Keller on the call on 93.9 The Duck.
Shelbyville meanwhile visits Marshall County next Friday at 7:00.