Whitwell’s Title Dreams Fall Short at Clay County

Celina, Tenn. – The Whitwell Tigers saw their 2022 season come to an end Friday night with a 46-6 loss to the 6th-ranked Clay County Bulldogs in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs.

“Obviously we wanted to get a win tonight, but things didn’t go our way,” said Whitwell Head Coach Rocky Stephenson. ” I have to give it up to them, they’re a really good team. I felt like they outplayed us tonight. Hopefully that will help us, motivate us next year to get into the weight room and get a little bit better next year. We’re coming along pretty good. We’re still young. I’m really proud of the guys. They didn’t quit tonight, We just got outplayed and that happens sometimes.”
The 9-3 Tigers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Bulldogs access to the ball first.
Clay County senior Alec Kerr took the opening kick back 58 yards to begin the Bulldogs first scoring drive at the Tiger 35. Four plays later, senior running back Joseph Marcom scooted in from the 2-yard line. Levi Garrett’s kick was good and Clay County led 7-0 with 10:20 left in the first quarter.
Whitwell went 3 and out on their first possession, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs at their own 43.
Eleven plays and 57 yards later, senior quarterback Keaton Arms ran it in from one yard out. Garrett’s kick was good, making the score 14-0 with 3:20 remaining in the first.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the second quarter.
Marcom scampered for a one yard run at the 7:28 mark. Garrett’s kick was no good, making the score 20-0.
The second score came on a 15-yard pass from Arms to Kerr with 4 seconds in the half. The two point conversion run was short, making the halftime score 26-0.
Clay County scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and one in the fourth before the Tigers got on the scoreboard.
Arms hooked up with Kerr again, this time on a 62-yard pass. Garrett kicked the point-after-touchdown, making the score 33-0 at the 6:56 mark in the third.
The second third quarter touchdown came with 33 seconds left in the quarter on a Marcom 24-yard run. The PAT was no good, making the score 39-0.
Clay County’s final score came from the Bulldogs’ second team early in the fourth quarter. Michael Smith scored on a 15-yard run. Garrett’s kick was good, giving the Bulldogs a 46-0 lead.
Whitwell’s lone score came with 5:40 left in the game when sophomore Bennet McDougal scampered 48 yards for the touchdown. The point after kick was botched and a David Pardo pass was incomplete, making the final score 46-6.

Bennett McDougal (#13) attempts to escape a collapsing pocket against Clay County. – Ken Wallace / Submitted

Bennett McDougal (#13) breaks to the wing looking for a gain on the ground. – Ken Wallace/ Submitted

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