Whitwell Tigers will open football season with two games in four-day span

Whitwell's Evan Nunley kicks the winning field goal alongside holder Jaren Thames during the Tigers' Class 1A state semifinal victory against visiting Greenback in November 2018.
photo Whitwell's Evan Nunley kicks the winning field goal alongside holder Jaren Thames during the Tigers' Class 1A state semifinal victory against visiting Greenback in November 2018.

As if the demands of taking over a program coming off the best season in school history weren't great enough, first-year Whitwell football coach Travis Olinger also inherited a scheduling mistake that has made the season's kickoff even more challenging.

When Randall Boldin stepped down as head coach to take over the Waverly program, he had completed Whitwell's schedule for 2019. What Olinger didn't realize when he was promoted from defensive line coach in March was that the Tigers had scheduled season-opening games against both Bledsoe County and East Ridge for Friday, Aug.