Rutherford Showing Improvement Under Coach Tillman

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - It's obvious to those who follow the Rutherford football team that they are a team and program on the rise.

They're in the middle of their first season under Head Coach Loren Tillman, and just played by far their best fame of the season – a 33-13 win over Walton.

That was good for their second win on the year, already more than what they had in 2016.

Coach Tillman says the team is learning something new every week. For example, this week they learned to finish.

Two Fridays ago they were leading Port St. Joe at halftime, but ended up losing the lead and the game. Last Friday they not only held on against Walton, but ended up running away with the lead in the end.

Now it's a new week, and they prepare for a rivalry game against Arnold, who is coming off a loss to Mosley.

Coach is hoping momentum can play a key role on Friday, but regardless, he's happy with how far his team has come so far this season.

"I'm excited with how far we've come into the process and my visions for Rutherford High School. I'm very pleased with the steps we're making to kind of get this to be something that is normal for us to win on Friday nights. We want it to be abnormal to lose. That's where we're trying to head. I think we've taken big leaps and steps into that right direction to acheive that so far this year. Now we still got three ball games and we want to do the best we can to keep improving our program every wingle week."

This week's game against Arnold will be played Friday night out at Bozeman high school with a 7:00 kickoff.

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