Whitwell boots Gordonsville from TSSAA playoffs

The Whitwell Tigers get another shot at the South Pittsburg Pirates Friday night.

GORDONSVILLE, Tenn. — It was a battle of Tigers in this small Middle Tennessee town last Friday night.

Well, for one half, anyway before the visiting Whitwell Tigers ran off and left their hosts in the dust of a 49-7 blowout in the second round of the TSSAA Division I Class 1A playoffs.

Whitwell looked like the stronger team from the start jumping out to an early 14-0 lead, but then Gordonsville answered to make it 14-7. The hosts had a chance to even the score before halftime, but a drive fizzled out on a fourth-and-2 at Whitwell’s 33-yard line.

The visitors pounced quickly in the second half converting an onside kick to open the third quarter, and from there, the rout was on. Whitwell poured on 28 points before the stanza came to a close putting the game out of reach at 42-7.

Gordonsville’s season ends at 7-5 while Whitwell (11-1) advances to a third-round matchup at the undefeated South Pittsburg (TN) Pirates. Whitwell’s only loss came against the Pirates about a month ago in a 21-14 defeat in a game that was also played in South Pittsburg.



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