HISTORY MADE: Whitwell wins 1A state championship


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — Saturday, football meant more than X’s and O’s , more than play calls, runs, and throws. Saturday, a town of 1,700 rallied together as one giant red wave, watching as the 2018 Whitwell Tigers made history at the state championship in Cookeville.

“When we were little, we talked about it. Going into high school, we talked about it. And we knew we were going to get it done our senior year,” game MVP Hudson Petty said. “We’ve been working for this all our lives, and it’s just great for us and the community.”

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But it didn’t come easy.

The enemy, the Cornersville Bulldogs, took the opening drive all the way to the endzone. A 3-yard Trenton Warren touchdown caps off the series. Whitwell breaks up the extra point, making the score 6-0.

That score stuck into the second half.

In the third, Whitwell receiver Hudson Petty gave the Tigers a little spark they needed on offense, making something out of nothing. He went 36 yards down to the 19-yard line. Tigers still unable to get points on the board, though.

Those came with seven minutes left on the clock. On 4th and 5, Petty fakes the run, then dumps it to receiver Tanner Stewart. Stewart did the rest of the work. A 15-yard touchdown and good extra point gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead.

Cornersville started to get the Whitwell fans scared as they drove down the field with the final seconds falling off the clock. However, the wind grabbed the last Bulldogs pass. Whitwell’s Stewart got a hand in front of the Cornersville receiver just in case.

“When I slapped that ball down, I just saw everybody bull rush me,” Stewart said. “I just saw our crowd going crazy. It was amazing. Never forget that moment in my life. This is what we’ve worked for since we were 6.”

With that, the buzzer rang, and the 2018 Whitwell Tigers became the first ever state champion team for the town of Whitwell. The Tigers also finish their season perfect, 15-0.

“I’m proud for our community,” Coach Randall Boldin said. “They’ve supported us all year. I’m proud for our kids. I’m proud for anybody’s that’s worn this uniform in the past. They’ve dealt with some bad seasons so hopefully we send some pride back their way as well.”

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."