The South Pittsburg Pirates traveled to Whitwell High School on Friday, October 2 for the 84th meeting between the two schools. With the all-time record being dominated by the Pirates 69-12-2, the Tigers entered the game with the hope of ending South Pittsburg’s 24 year victory streak. The first quarter of play began with a South Pittsburg possession, resulting in a touchdown by Dylan McQueen. After E.J. Cagle’s PAT, the score became 7-0 Pirates, early in the first. Whitwell’s first drive ended abruptly with an interception made by South Pittsburg’s Sawyer Kelley, which started a drive that resulted in another touchdown for the Pirates. After another score by McQueen, Whitwell’s Austin Nunley kicked a solid 43-yard field goal for the Tigers, making the score 21-3 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was once again dominated by the Pirates, who scored two touchdowns to add to their score. At the end of the half, the score was 37-3. During half-time, the seniors at Whitwell High School were recognized and introduced. The second half of play was overseen by a running clock, although time went fast, it wasn’t fast enough to keep Whitwell from putting points on the board. The half started with a Tiger possession, once again ended with a Pirate interception and score. The Tigers then started to increase their momentum with a five yard run by Trace Condra for a touchdown, followed by some scores from Hudson Petty. South Pittsburg also scored twice in the second half, making the final score 50-24 from Vernon Holtcamp Field. On this Friday night, a special fan was recognized for the Tigers. Allen Holloway received the 2016 Tiger Award for all of his outstanding support and hard work for Tiger football. Pick up next week’s Jasper Journal to read about yet another Region 3 Class 1A match-up as the Tigers take on Sale Creek Thursday at Finley Stadium.
By Alex Morrison, WHS Student Reporter