South Pittsburg beats Whitwell, takes command of Region 3-1A

Early big play gets Pirates moving

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / South Pittsburg's Kamden Wellington fires a pass during Friday's road win against Region 3-1A foe Whitwell.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — With early momentum beginning to shift toward the home sideline Friday night, visiting South Pittsburg needed just one play — a bolt of lightning in a No. 2 jersey — to regain the lead and, ultimately, control of the Region 3-1A standings.

After Whitwell evened the score at 7 on the first play of the second quarter, South Pittsburg quarterback Kamden Wellington connected on a short pass to Racash Kelly, who raced past the pursuit along the home sideline for a 55-yard touchdown.

The Pirates went on to score on three of their next five possessions and also added a defensive touchdown in pulling away for a 40-15 win.

"When they scored, we knew we had to keep pushing and make a play," said Wellington, who was 8-of-14 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score.