Boys Varsity Football·
Fall–Football–Wildcats Complete Comeback over Rossview with 20-14 Victory and remain undefeated at 3-0
By: Jake Hood
Wilson Central remains unbeaten after making a second-half comeback to beat Rossview 20-14.
After a very close 28-27 win over John Overton, the Wildcats looked to continue their win streak in their first region game against Rossview. The game began with the Wildcats’ first drive proving unsuccessful. Transfer quarterback Gabe Sibert began the game with a touchdown for Rossview, marching his Rossview offense into the end zone on a drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run from Mark-Anthony Prescott. After the Hawks’ first score, both teams could not find the end zone for the rest of the first quarter. The Wildcats and Hawks both had to punt the ball away on several drives.
The second quarter kept both teams silent. Neither team was able to find the end zone. The Wildcats’ offense looked completely different from the team that had scored at least 4 times in each of their first 2 games. Zavier Ali was stopped for a short gain several times, and Tristan Lewis could not find success through the air. This trend continued for the rest of the first half, leaving the halftime score 7-0 Rossview.
The Wildcats rolled into the second half with a spark on offense. After the Hawks punted the ball to the Wildcats on their opening drive of the second quarter, Wilson Central went to work. Following a few short runs and passes, Lewis took off on a 58-yard sprint to the endzone, tying the game. Sibert and the Hawk offense went 3-and-out again, and this gave the Wildcats another chance to score. On a drive starting at the Wilson Central 39 that was highlighted by a 42-yard connection from Lewis to Justin Smith, the Wildcats found the 10-7 lead with a 31-yard field goal by Alex Atwell. Rossview had a shift in momentum when a Wildcat muffed punt was recovered by the Hawks, but their offense couldn’t produce on the drive. The score remained 10-7 for the rest of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter began with the Wildcats being forced to punt the ball away. Kerolos Shenouda’s punt was tipped, and the Hawks set up shop at their own 48. Rossview was marching to the red zone, getting to the Wildcat 28 on 2nd and 1. Sibert’s pass on this play was intercepted by Corben Blount, and he took the ball back for a 72-yard pick six. Both teams’ next drive resulted in a punt, and Rossview failed their 4th and 19 attempt to give the Wildcats the ball on the Rossview 2. They were unable to manage another touchdown, though. Atwell nailed a 23-yard chip to make the score 20-7. Rossview’s next drive included a 15-yard penalty and a sack by Wildcat Blaze Holder, but they also scored on a 51-yard bomb from Sibert to Aaron Bolster. This gave the Hawks 10 seconds to recover an onside kick and score, but it was too little, too late. The Wildcats fell on the onside kick attempt and Lewis knelt the game to a close, giving the Wildcats a 20-14 win.
Lewis not only led the game in the air for the Wildcats on 5-14 passing for 80 yards, he also led Wildcat rushers with 75 yards on 8 carries. Ali managed 43 yards on 13 rushes, Smith finished with 34 yards, and Hatchett and Robinson combined for 10 yards. Sibert ended his night with 12-24 through the air for 125 yards with a interception and one touchdown. Diivonte Phillips led the Hawks on the ground with 60 yards on 19 rushes. Sibert managed only a yard on the ground, and Prescott rushed for 1 yard on 2 rushes as he managed a touchdown on that 1-yard rush.
The Wildcats move to 3-0 (1-0), and they return home to host the Bears of Antioch for homecoming. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13. You can watch all the homecoming festivities beginning at 6:30 on the NFHSnetwork.