Article by: Cate Franklin
Pictures by: Victoria Vita
Wilson Central traveled to Gallatin to play the Green Wave at Calvin Short Field this past Friday night. Both teams played at a high level with the game coming down to the last play with :41 seconds. The first quarter saw Gallatin take the lead with 5:15 showing on the clock as Junior Green Wave running back Spencer Briggs runs in from 32 yards out to pay dirt. The PAT was kicked by Austin Wright to make the score 7-0. With the rain beginning at kickoff, the Wildcats didn’t let that put a damper on their game. With 02:41 left in the 1st quarter, Wilson Central Senior Ladarius Stewart, ran for 5 yards and scored a touchdown. Stratton Farmer added the PAT to knot the score 7-7. The Wildcats scored again with 00:43 left as Ladarius Stewart, once again, ran for 8 yards to score his second touchdown of the half. Stratton Farmer added the point after to allow the Wildcats to enjoy the halftime lead of 14-7.
As the third quarter began, the Wildcats kicked off to Gallatin. Seventeen seconds later, Gallatin’s Zay Kern, crossed the goal line after sprinting 90 yards for the first of two Gallatin touchdowns of the 2nd half. Austin Wright made another successful PAT making the game 14-14. Tensions were high as both teams played their hardest to try and break the 14-14 score. Finally, Spencer Briggs ran for 51 yards and scored the tie breaking touchdown with 1:56 left in the third. Austin Wright kicked his 2nd PAT to make the score 21-14.
Wilson Central went 3 and out and had one more possession with approximately 3 minutes to play. Senior Dylan Carpenter managed a “Tom Brady Like” drive that ended on 4th down and goal from the 10 yard line. With :41 seconds left to play, Carpenter rolled to his left and saw Justin Smith in the back of the enzone but Gallatin’s defense rose to the occasion and step just in front of Smith to seal the deal with a game saving interception.
Wilson Central will jump back into region play with a game at Hendersonville High School this Friday night Sept 28 with kickoff slated for 7:00pm. Make sure to come out and support your Wildcats!
As always, you can watch the game live on wilsoncentralsports.com—click on the MORE link in the navigation bar and continue to NFHSnetwork.com.