To the surprise of no one, Wildcats' fullback Zach Miller did the honors for Polk with touchdown runs of 24 and two yards.
"We got it out of the way. All the dress rehearsals and scrimmages are done, and now we start keeping score next Friday," said Polk coach Derrick Davis.
The Tellico Bears did not go down easy, scoring on a 65-yard drive that chewed up all but 34 seconds of the final eight minutes of playing time — much to the dismay of Davis.
"We didn't get anybody hurt; that's the main thing. We scored and stopped them and scored again," he said. "But the disappointing thing is, you get some guys in there that show you why they're not starting. Tellico had a time consuming drive. We would liked have played more people, but we couldn't get off the field."
The Wildcats scored first on a drive that started on their own 35-yard line and lasted four plays. A 24-yard run by Ryan Rowland set up Miller's 24-yard TD. Reno Wimberley added the extra point to make it 7-0.
After forcing a Tellico punt, the Wildcats took over on the Bear 38. After losing five yards on the first play of the drive and an incomplete pass on the second, Polk quarterback Chris Wimberley handed off to Miller, who made up the five yards. A keeper by Wimberley was good for 36 yards to the Tellico 2-yard line where Miller finished the final distance on the next play. Reno Wimberley made it 14-0 with the PAT.
A Tellico score with 34 seconds left made it a 14-6 game after the 2-point conversion attempt came up short.
"Now it's on to Bradley and week zero. It's not like we're starting the summer, it's game week Monday. We've got four days to prepare, and then we're keeping score," said Davis.