Tatum speed too much for Panthers; new season starts Friday
TATUM – The Tatum Eagles celebrated a homecoming win over Bullard, 42-19 at Eagle Stadium on Friday night scoring three touchdowns in a 4:34 span to blow open the non-district battle in the second quarter.
Tatum running back, Brandon Woodard scored two first quarter touchdowns on runs of 3- and 18-yards, converted one PAT run, and returned a punt 35 yards to score in the first half as the Eagles were off and flying 35-7 at the halftime break. Woodard’s punt return made it a 28- 7, score.
“ We knew they were very athletic and we were able to play our game until the last 5 minutes of the first half,” said Bullard head coach Shannon Wilson about Tatum’s team and athleticism.”
“Our emphasis was penalties and turnovers this week and our kids did a better job with both,” Wilson added. “As good as Tatum is, we hurt ourselves with misassignments and production.
“We can play much, much better than we did Friday,” said the head coach. “We do take pride in the fact that our kids will play every down of the game.” Wilson added about his Panthers never give up attitude in the contest, winning the turnover war 3-0, and had only two penalties.
Eagle quarterback, Jalen Overstreet then finished out the first half scoring with a 31-yard scoring strike to Desmond Fite.
Tatum (5-0), turned the ball over two times in the first half. Bullard cashed in on one as Hunter Skelton was wide-open and Bryant found him for a 26-yard pass to make it 14-7, for the lone first half score for the Panthers.
Bullard received the opening second half kick but the Eagle dominance continued as they closed out the Panthers on four plays.
Overstreet then ran 56-yards on the first play from scrimmage in the second half for a 42-7, Eagle bulge.
“We simply can‘t mis-fit plays against anyone,” Wilson added about Friday’s downfall. “We have to be near perfect in our play,” the Panther coach said about his squads breakdown on a few big plays.
Bullard did make up some ground in the next drive after two nice 20-yard runs by quarterback, Bryant, to the two-yard line of Tatum.
Kirk Bryant capped it off one play later for more Panther points of the game. The PAT kick went wide for a 42-13 count.
Another late Tatum drive was thwarted by the third Tatum turnover as Hunter Skelton made a fumble recovery for Bullard.
The Panthers plugged away for one final score as Bryant scored from five-yards out with 59-seconds left in the game.
Bryant finished the game with 74 yards on the ground and threw for another 101 yards, going 16-of-22.
Skelton, Haden Bryant and Colton Mebane all made contributions on both sides of the ball for Bullard. Mebane recovered,
Skelton caught 6 passes for 58 yards and made three rushes for three-yards.
Haden Bryant had a good game and played the best defensively with six tackles, one pass breakup and an interception. Haden also caught six receptions for 29 yards on offense.
The defense was somewhat pourous at times….but who isn’t against Tatum? Wilson added about the Eagles offensive output, “evidently they are averaging 45 points including Pittsburg and Gilmer.
“We did not play anywhere near our potential,” the coach continued.
The Panthers slip to 3-3 on the season before opening district play next week as they entertain Chapel Hill at Panther Stadium, at 7:30 p.m.
The contest is the only district game slated as Browsboro and Athens take the week off.
Tatum 42, Bullard 19
Bullard 0 7 0 12 - 19
Tatum 14 21 7 0 - 42
T: Brandon Woodard 3 run, (PAT run no good),
T: Woodard 18 run, (Kendal Bell from Jalen Overstreet
PAT pass ), 6:11.
B: Kirk Bryant to Hunter Skelton, 26 pass, (Weston
Gray PAT kick good), 7:51.
T: Overstreet 1 run, (Carlos DeLuna PAT kick
T: Woodard 35 punt return, (DeLuna PAT kick
T: Overstreet to Desmond Fite, 31 pass, (DeLuna
PAT kick good), 1:03.
T: Overstreet 58 run, (Carlos Chavez PAT kick
B: Kirk Bryant 2 run, (Weston Gray PAT kick no
B: Bryant 5 run, (Gray PAT kick no good), :59.