Tilghman Tornado Keeps Rolling

Jack Butts, Sports Editor

Recently the Paducah Tilghman football team competed in the state semi-finals game and won in a demanding fashion. The state championship game will take place this Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky at the University of Kentucky’s football field and will be competing against Belfry High School.

The football team started off with a major win against McCracken County but have had an average season since that game with a regular season record of 4-6. But the team proved themselves in the first playoff game against Trigg County and won 55-22 which gave the team the motivation to keep playing great. Next, the team played a tight against Union County going back and forth and managed to win in a comeback in the second half thanks to several Jack James touchdown from receivers Camdon Marshall and Brian Thomas. Nolan Waller kicked a game winning field goal as time expired to give Tilghman the 31-28 victory.

After Tilghman’s victory against Union County they faced Christian Academy of Louisville who was the number one ranked class three team in the state. Hunter Cantwell, former Tilghman player and NFL player, now coaches CAL and led the team to an 11-1 regular season. The tornadoes faced off against CAL in the third round and pulled off another great win. The team had to play in Louisville and in a tough environment but proved themselves once again by controlling the game the whole time and won 41-34 against one of the best teams in the state. Most recently the team played against Glasgow in the semi-finals and won in a demanding fashion. The tornadoes steam powered Glasgow and controlled every aspect of the game by winning every single quarter and only allowing them to score 20 points opposed to our own 39 points.

The state championship game will take place this Saturday at Kroger Field against Belfry. The students and school members are strongly encouraged to come and watch the team win yet another state championship. This is the first time since 2009 that the team has made the championship, and this is only coach Thompson’s first season with the team and more great things are expected to come. Tilghman and Belfry were both the lowest ranked team in the semi-finals but both teams proved that they are ready to compete for a state championship title.