Game of the Week: Whitwell comes back to stun South Pitt in 2 OT's
Teams teams no stranger to one another and ready to write another chapter in their storied rivalry. Whitwell defeated South Pittsburg for the first time since 1991 back in October. This one has higher stakes with the winner advancing to the TSSAA 1A state semifinals.
The Pirates looked poised for revenge out the gate with an early interception and touchdown, but a timely turnover kept the Pirates from going up two scores in the first quarter.
They would be able to punch it in to take a 14-0 lead and just when it looked like they would extend that, Whitwell's Jacob Roberts picks off a Brayden Sanders pass. The Tigers then go 80-yds in less than a minute, get the 2-pt conversion and go into the half down 6.
The 3rd quarter didn't provide much scoring, but when South Pittsburg took a 20-8 lead late in the 4th quarter it looked like they would advance, but Whitwell did not go away.
The Tigers drive down the field and QB Warner Ashworth connects with Tanner Stewart to bring Whitwell within 6.
After the Tigers force a three and out, they got the ball back with a chance to tie and take the lead.
After converting two fourth down plays on their final drive, Ashworth would find Stewart again with less than a minute to go. The Tigers would go for two and the win, but were stopped.
The first overtime saw both teams exchange touchdowns and 2-pt conversions. On South Pitt's second possession they were unsuccessful finding the end zone, so Whitwell had the game in their hands.
Senior Hudson Petty would take the ball to the left side on the first play of their second possession and lead the Tigers into school history.
The 2018 Whitwell Tigers set a school record for most wins in a single season with their 13th tonight. They advance to the 1A state semifinals for the first time since 1991.
The Tigers will host the Greenback Cherokees next Friday with a trip to the state title game on the line.