The 2017 Whitwell High School Tigers’ football program, even if they accomplish nothing for the rest of the season, have set a record for the school’s program. This season marks
the first time the Tigers have started the season 6-0. With the convincing victory over the Polk County Wildcats last week, the 2017 Tigers have etched their mark in the history of the program.
The Tigers once again pulled ahead early in the game and never gave up the lead. In the first quarter, spectators would see the usual suspects performing for the Tigers and Josh Wingo and Trayce Condra would be called on to march the ball up the field. Ultimately, Wingo would take a 28 yard jog for the first touchdown with 8:37 left in the first quarter. Whitwell’s unforgiving defense forced the Wildcats into a three and out possession and then to add insult to injury, Hudson Petty would take the punt right through the Polk special teams line and run into the end zone for the second touchdown with Austin Nunley remaining consistent with extra points on the year to bring the Tigers up 14-0 with 6:22 left in the first.
Polk County looked like they had gotten their sea legs about them on the next possession with a huge run down to Whitwell’s 29 yard line. But again, the stifling defense held and Whitwell would end up taking over on downs. The Tigers would also come up empty on the scoreboard and punt. Polk would break free for a huge run in the possession and were just barely caught on their way to the end zone. Before the end of the first, the Tigers would get a touchdown again but would fail to convert the two point conversion, but still leading 20-0. In the second, although Polk found the end zone, they weren’t able to execute the point after, but narrowed the gap to 20-6. Tiger Dawson Holloway would hang on to the ball for a run for a touchdown with 9:53 left in the first half to increase the lead to 27-6. Polk would piece together some rushing yardage but would finally see an end to their progress as Thundur Roberts put a hit on Polks runner on a third and five that reminded onlookers that Roberts lives up to his first name.
With some trading of possessions, finally Trayce Condra found a seam in the defensive line and exploited it for 79 yards and the touchdown. Coupled with another successful extra point from Nunly, the Tigers took a commanding 34-6. Polk looked like they might take the subsequent kickoff back for a score…apparently that didn’t set well with kicker Austin Nunley who offered the Polk runner the opportunity to lay down with a hit that a linebacker would be proud of.
The game would remain largely a see-saw match with punts injected, but ultimately Condra would find another gap for a run into the end zone for the 41-6 lead. As expected Condra would end up with big yardage on the night going 205 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Josh Wingo would carry 6 times for 54 yards and a touchdown while Dawson Holloway would carry twice for 37 yards and a touchdown. Hudson Petty would end up with a 77 yards punt return for a touchdown as well as receiving a touchdown pass. Austin Nunley would go perfect on extra point conversion on the night with six. Quarterback Warren Ashworth would go six for eight in the air for 108 yards and Holloway would go two for three for 22 yards passing. The Tigers would have a total of 504 yards with 376 of them coming on the ground. The Tiger defense saw a little more strength from this team allowing 192 yards, but there were several key stops that kept the Wildcats from converting those yards into substantial points.
The Tigers will have a couple of weeks to prepare to host Trousdale County on October 6.