Four seniors at Tattnall County High School (TCHS) signed letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
Kyle Cartwright, Isaiah Bush, Matt Mobley, and Keonte Tillman all put pen to paper while being supported by family and friends. Cartwright, Mobley, and Bush all signed with Savannah State Tigers and will remain in the Coastal Empire. Keonte Tillman decided to take his talents to Tennessee Tech.
Warrior Football Head Coach Ike Ferrell was proud for these athletes.
Cartwright was a four-year starter with his father, Allen Cartwright, as his offensive coordinator (retiring this year). Cartwright was an offensive lineman and bruising blocker who loves contact. He has a high motor and finishes blocks very well. He led the Warrior offensive line and was named on the All-Region Team.
“We are going to miss Kyle,” Ferrell said. “He really anchored our offensive line. We liked to run the lead right behind him, so we will have to find a replacement in that area.”
Mobley was the leading rusher for the Warriors. He is an explosive ball carrier, especially in the open field. He has the speed and ability to make people miss, and he is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He was named on the All-Region Team.
“We are going to miss him,” Ferrell said. “Both Kyle and Matt brought a lot to the table.”
Bush, a kicker, handled all kicking duties for the Warriors this past season. He was named to the First Team All-Region list due to his booming kickoffs and long punts, which gave the Warriors a big leg-up on the competition infield position.
“Isaiah Bush, in his first full year kicking, caught a lot of people’s attention with his strong leg. I think our kids are figuring out that there are a lot of opportunities in football. If you invest in it, it will invest back in you,” Ferrell said.
Named second team All-Region, Tillman is a defensive end with raw talent. He has just scraped the surface of his ability. He has unlimited potential, and the sky is the limit. He will only improve with more experience.
“Keonte is another first-year player. He ended up with about 15 offers in the end,” Ferrell said. “Now, imagine if he had played all four years. Who knows how many offers he would have. He might have been playing for an SEC school or on that level, but Tennessee Tech is a Division 1 school. It is a good fit for him. I tell the kids all the time, Jeremiah 29-11 says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ and Keonte understood that. He embraced it and embraced football last year and went all in. Now, he is reaping the rewards of his hard work.
“I am happy for all these guys and very proud of them. I think they will go out and represent Tattnall County very well. Next year, it will be time to GATA (Get After Them Aggressively). Let’s get back to the drawing board,” Ferrell said.