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Five things to watch: Tullahoma Wildcats

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

The Coffee County Central Red Raiders will take on the Tullahoma Wildcats in the 87th annual battle for the “Coffee Pot” at 7 p.m tonight at Wilkins Stadium in Tullahoma.

The Wildcats hold a distinct advantage over the Raiders with 55 wins, compared to 29 wins for Coffee County. There have been two ties in the contest.

Tullahoma comes into the game with a 1-2 record after a heartbreaking 19-17 loss to Columbia, last Friday night. Coffee County, meanwhile came off a bye week


Here are five things to watch as the Raiders take on the Wildcats tonight:


1)           The Wildcats will depend on senior tailback Trey Burks to shoulder the load on the offensive side of the ball. Burks has 143 yards rushing with four touchdowns, including three receiving touchdowns on the season.

2)           The Wildcats start senior and first-year starter, Justin Brown at quarterback to lead a group of inexperienced wide receivers including Riley Darden, Zane Price, and Cole Potter. Price leads all receivers with 286 yars on the season.

3)           Specials teams has been a weak spot for the Wildcats this season, according to The Tullahoma News Sports Editor Robert Holman. The Wildcats missed a field goal before halftime in their 19-17 loss to Columbia last Friday night.

4)           THS head coach John Olive, who has a 16-3 record against the Raiders, stated that the Widcats had their best offensive practice of the year Wednesday, according to Holman. Olive, however is dissatisfied with the consistency of the Wildcat’s practices on both sides of the football.

5)           The Red Raiders must strike early and often to be successful tonight, according to CHS assistant coach Brandon McWhorter. Meanwhile, the Wilcats have had to come from behind in all three of their games so far this season.


Manchester Times Staff Writer, Nick Trail’s prediction.

Coffee County 28

Tullahoma 24