The Whitwell Tigers will advance to the second round the Class 1A state football playoffs after their dominating 65-6 win over Clay County Friday night.

Whitwell head coach Randal Boldin said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“It was a good win for our program,” he said. “Our players played with a lot of juice. It was great to see the focus on execution throughout the game.”

“Our seniors played hard during their last home game,” Boldin continued.

Trace Condra put the first points on the board for Whitwell (10-1) with only 38 seconds off the clock. He rushed in from 16 yards out for the score. Hudson Petty pounded the ball in for the successful two-point conversion.

Condra scored again with 7:31 to go in the first to increase the Tigers lead, this time from 17 yards out. Austin Nunley made the score 15-0 with his successful extra point.

Clay County (6-5) got their lone touchdown late in the first quarter. Clark Donaldson rushed in for the score to cut the Tigers lead to 15-6. Their extra point failed.

The Tigers went on a scoring spree in the second quarter, racking up 36 unanswered points.

Quarterback Warner Ashworth connected with Tanner Stewart for a 28-yard pass for the first score of the second quarter. Jaron Thames added the two-point conversion.

Next, Petty rattled off a 59-yard scoring run. Josh Wingo capitalized on the two-point conversion to make the score 31-0.

Wingo added the next score with an 11-yard run. Nunley tacked on the extra point.

The defense put the next points on the board for the Tigers. Thundur Roberts picked off a Clay County pass and took it four yards for the pick six. Nunley’s extra point was good.

Whitwell’s special teams scored late in the second. Petty took a Clay County punt 57 yards for pay dirt. The ensuing extra point failed, but the Tigers took a comfortable 51-6-point lead into the half.

The Tigers added to two more scores in the third quarter. Wingo scored from 21 yards out and John King scored on a five-yard run. Both Nunley’s kicks were good, making the score the final score, 65-6.

Whitwell had 381 total offensive yards with 338 on the ground and 43 through the air. Clay had 42 rushing yards and 113 rushing yards for 155 total offensive yards.

Wingo had 146 yards on nine carries.

Whitwell will travel to Gordonsville this Friday night for their second round matchup. 

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