The Tullahoma Wildcats will open spring football practice on Wednesday, May 2 and conclude with the annual ‘Red & White’ Game on Friday, May 18 at Wilkins Stadium. If weather or another school athletic event interferes with Friday then the game will be held Monday, May 21.
Tullahoma has won 17 games the past two years, winning District 8-AAA two years ago and finishing second last season. However, there are very few starters remaining that were on the 2010 team that advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
On the other hand, the Wildcats freshman team was very successful last season. There are three returning offensive line starters and an outstanding tailback comes back. On defense there are a half-dozen returnees who played significant minutes, primarily on the defensive line.
Gone is QB Jared Davis, who started 30 games and accounted for 5,271 yards of total offense and 55 touchdowns over the past three years. The Wildcats have virtually no experience returning behind center.
Also graduating this May are most of the skill position players, secondary, linebackers, kickers, and two offensive linemen who were all-district players. There are a lot of holes for head coach John Olive and his staff to fill.
THS has had a tremendous run of talent the last couple of years, adding a district basketball championship and run to the substate, two baseball trips to the substate, region champion track and field teams, state tournament wrestlers, and more to the football success.
It will be interesting to see if Tullahoma can sustain that success during the 2012-13 athletic season. Olive always gets the most from the talent that is available, and although there are some great athletes in the school who don’t play football you can count on the Wildcats to be once again contending for a playoff spot when late October rolls around.
The serious work towards that goal begins May 2.