Article by: Jake Hood
Pictures by: Kaitlyn Hungerford
The Wildcats of Wilson Central High School fell short of defeating the Rossview Red Hawks at home this past Friday night Aug 31. The Wildcats had just come off of a tough loss to Smyrna last Friday, and Rossview topped Christian County the same night. Rossview needed to carry their momentum into this game at Wilson Central to improve to 2-1, and Wilson Central needed to try something new to get their first win and improve to 1-2 on the year.
The game was back and forth by both teams through the entire game, but a successful Rossview field goal and a missed field goal by the Wildcats brought the final score to a very close 17-14 score in favor of the Red Hawks.
The first quarter was slow, as neither team was able to put any points on the board for the first twelve minutes of play. The Red Hawks, led by senior quarterback Nick Harbor, were able to march down the Wilson Central’s thirty five before turning the ball over on an incomplete pass on fourth and two. The Wildcats switched from their usual spread formation to a wing-T scheme. This meant that the ball would stay on the ground more for the Cats. The switch proved beneficial for Wilson Central as they ran the ball down to the Rossview five yard line before time expired in the first quarter. The rushing core, led by the quartet of Dawson Ray, Devonte McBroom, Garrett Todd, and Kwamez Kirby, established the ground game early for the Wildcats.
On the opening play of the second quarter, Garrett Todd ran the ball in on a five-yard rushing touchdown. This gave Wilson Central a 7-0 lead. However, Rossview answered with 10:20 left in the second. Nick Harbor threw a thirty-three yard touchdown pass to receiver Alshon Davis, tying the score at seven. Wilson Central had three chances to score in the second, following that Rossview touchdown, but the Wildcats were unable to cross into Rossview territory for the remainder of the quarter.
The Red Hawks attacked quickly to start the third quarter. In only took forty-six seconds for Harbor and the Rossview offense to drive to midfield and allow Harbor to unleash a fifty-yard pass to Kayden Miller for a touchdown. About ten minutes later, though, the Wildcat offense marched all the way down to the Rossview one, and Dylan Carpenter powered into the endzone with 5:56 remaining in the third, which tied the score 14-14. The Red Hawks and Wildcats would each have a chance to score after this, but neither team could score before the fourth quarter began.
The fourth quarter started off slow for both sides, but the Red Hawks’ kicker Zaden Webber nailed a forty-four yard field goal to put Rossview ahead 17-14 with 5:58 remaining in the game. Wilson Central got within field goal range, but kicker Ezra Widelock missed a thirty-seven yard attempt that would have tied the game at 17. The Wildcats would get one more scoring chance after that, but a crucial sack by Rossview put the Wildcats away.
The Wildcat rushing core had a solid night, finishing with 216 total yards compared to Rossview’s 58. Dylan Carpenter completed three of his nine passes for eighty yards, and Nick Harbor would rush for twenty yards and complete eight of his fourteen passing attempts for 146 yards. Kayden Miller of Rossview had a solid night, as he received for eighty-nine yards and returned two punts for fifty-four. He was followed in receiving yards for the Red Hawks by Alshon Davis with thirty-eight yards and Makhail Prater with nineteen. Wildcats’ receivers Brett Robinson, Devonte McBroom, and Dawson Ray, had receptions for thirty-four, twenty-seven and nineteen yards, respectively.
The Wildcats fall to 0-3 and will be on the road next week, taking on the Bobcats of John Overton High School. Rossview improves to 2-1, having won two straight, and will be at home next week, looking to knock off undefeated Clarksville Northeast.
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