Polk Wildcats battle back to tie Redskins in 2A Jamboree

By RICHARD ROBERTS Sports Editor
Posted 8/12/17

TELLICO PLAINS — Polk County recovered from a pair of miscues in Friday’s Kevin Kiser Memorial Jamboree appearance and rallied back with a strong ground game to end with a 7-7 tie against …

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Polk Wildcats battle back to tie Redskins in 2A Jamboree

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TELLICO PLAINS — Polk County recovered from a pair of miscues in Friday’s Kevin Kiser Memorial Jamboree appearance and rallied back with a strong ground game to end with a 7-7 tie against Loudon.

The Redskins struck quickly on the second play of the scrimmage with a 70-yard touchdown run that put the Wildcats down 7-0 less than a minute into the 20-minute, running clock quarter.

The Wildcats recovered quickly on their first possession with the offensive line opening holes for Kendall Swemley and Hunter Morgan on the drive from their own 30-yard line. Swemley carried five times for 37 yards while Morgan followed his blockers twice for 22 yards.

Polk marched to the Loudon five and looked poised to score when a fumble at the 1-yard line was recovered by the Redskins.

“It was embarrassing, the second play of the game, they rip us for a long touchdown. They just blocked us apparently. I didn’t exactly see what happened, but we didn’t get him down after about a 10 or 11-yard run and they scored. Then we had a turnover on the goal line. Those mistakes will get you beat every Friday night. We’ve got to improve on that,” said Wildcats coach Derrick Davis.

After forcing a Loudon punt, Polk took over with its second possession at the Loudon 38. Two running plays for eight yards set up a 30-yard TD toss — the only pass of the night for Polk — from Nate Waters to Kyle Dunn. Waters’ booted the point after to tie the score at 7-7 with less than eight minutes remaining.

Wildcats defensive tackle Sean Lee put the ball back in the hands of the Polk offense recovering a Redskins fumble with just over three minutes left on the clock. From there, the ‘Cats second line finished up the night.

“We’re showing some good things. We’ve been in a lot worse jamborees. The effort was there. The intensity was there. The excitement was there,” said the Polk coach.

Davis said afterward he was relatively pleased with the workout and is ready to turn attention toward the renewal of the series with inter-county rival Copper Basin.

“I’m so glad to get out of here without getting anybody hurt and I’ll be happy to get some of our hurt guys back who were bugging me to death to get in there tonight. We didn’t want them to get re-injured over a jamboree quarter,” he stated.

“From here on out it’s all about Copper Basin Friday night. I’m glad to have the preseason behind us. Now we are ready to get into game week.

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