The South Middle School Trojans lost to the Tullahoma Wildcats 36-8 at home Thursday for their fourth loss of the season.
The Trojans fell into a decent hole early in the homecoming contest and were not able to work out of it as they remained winless on the season.
South head football coach Keith Riddle said his team played well overall despite the final score.
“I thought our guys had a good game. They played hard from start to finish,” Riddle said. “We made some mistakes, but they’re mistakes that can be corrected on the practice field next week.”
The Trojans would turn the ball over on downs on each of their first two drives with the Wildcats capitalizing on the short field to score two touchdowns and take a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Wildcats added another touchdown to grow their lead to 20-0 with four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Trojans got their first defensive stop in the final minute of the second quarter as Alfonso Gomez forced a fumble on a strip sack with Miller Crabtree recovering the loose ball at South’s 22-yard line.
The Trojans trailed 20-0 at halftime.
The Wildcats got off to a fast start in the third quarter as they scored a rushing touchdown just two plays into the period to take a 28-0 lead.
The Trojans forced another turnover on the next Tullahoma drive when Brody Goff intercepted a pass in South’s territory, but the Trojans would ultimately turn the ball over on downs as the third quarter came to a close.
The Wildcats struck for another touchdown just one minute later to expand their advantage to 36 points.
The Trojans broke through for their lone touchdown on their next drive as Isaiah Warren broke off a long scoring run with 4:27 remaining in the contest. Warren would add a two-point conversion to make it a 36-8 game.
After forcing a turnover on downs at midfield, the Trojans worked their way into enemy territory looking for another score, but time ran out before the end of the drive as they lost by 28.
With the loss, the Trojans moved to 0-4 on the season.
Moore County 54, Trojans 18
The Trojans lost to the Moore County Raiders 54-18 on the road Tuesday for their third loss of the season.
The Raiders were in complete control for the entire contest as the Trojans were not able to keep up on the scoreboard.
Brandon Walker scored two of South’s touchdowns on the day as he scored a rushing touchdown and added another on a kickoff return for a score.
Alfonso Gomez also contributed a touchdown as he broke off a 50-yard run to find the end zone.
With the loss, the Trojans moved to 0-3 on the season.
They will next play Thursday at home against Harris Middle School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.