Boys Varsity Football·
Fall–Football–Wildcats Roll into Postseason After 36-7 Domination of Station Camp
By: Jake Hood
Wilson Central throttled Station Camp 36-7 to finalize their playoff positioning for the 2019 playoffs.
The Wildcats rolled into the Bison Senior Night after sliding past Lebanon 23-22. Station Camp looked for a rebound after a 0-9 start to the year. This was unlikely to change, as the Wildcats scored first on a 48-yard CJ Morrow rushing touchdown. The Bison’s next drive was stopped abruptly, as Ezra Widelock snatched Station Camp quarterback Max Barnett’s pass for an interception. Tristan Lewis led his Wildcat offense from their own 20 into range for a 23-yard touchdown strike from Lewis to Widelock. The Bison took their next drive into the second quarter, as they could not find an offensive spark through the first 12 minutes of play.
Station Camp’s opening drive in the second half resulted in a failed 4th-and-2 attempt. This gave Wilson Central prime field position to put points on the board. However, the Bison put together a defensive stand, and the Wildcats were forced to punt. Kerolos Shenouda pinned the Bison to their own 10-yard line with his punt. Luke Sinard took over for Barnett for Station Camp, and his first drive resulted in a 42-yard punt from himself. After Lewis managed a 15 yard sprint and Morrow darted on a 35-yard carry, CJ Hatchett dove into the endzone from 3 yards out. Sinard fumbled on the next drive, and Blake Hobbs recovered the ball for the Wildcats. As time ticked away in the first half, the Wildcats drove a 64-yard possession that was capped off by a 9-yard Hatchett rushing touchdown. Lewis improvised a successful 2-point conversion to end the half.
The Bison received the opening kick of the second half, but their drive was once again stopped short by an interception, this time by Wildcat safety Zach Hudson. Wilson Central capitalized on another Station Camp mistake, as Blake Hobbs finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown dive. The Bison took the remaining 6:58 for their possession to follow, and it went into the fourth quarter.
The first play of the final quarter was a 33-yard pass from Bison tailback Terry Bradley to Zac Morrison to keep Station Camp from being shut out. Wilson Central had a shot at the endzone on its next drive, but Terrence Harris was stopped short on a 4th-and-goal. However, Sinard threw another pick, this one to Justin Smith. The Wildcats could not score on their next drive, and Shenouda punted to the Station Camp 34. This proved to be the Bison’s last drive, and it ended on the Wilson Central goal line. Sinard looked into the endzone, but he could not find an open receiver. This locked the score at 36-7.
The Wildcats managed 402 yards on 50 snaps, 313 of those on rushes. CJ Morrow had 6 touches for 103 yards, CJ Hatchett ran for 68 yards on 9 carries, and Blake Hobbs followed with 4 rushes for 51 yards. Tristan Lewis went 3-6 for 60 yards and touchdown through the air, and his understudy Hayden Schults completed 1 of his 2 passes for 29 yards. Justin Smith caught 1 pass for 26 yards, and he also managed a pick on the night. Widelock and Hudson recorded an interception, and Hobbs managed a fumble recovery.
The Wildcats end the regular season at 6-4 (3-2), and they will travel to Blackman for their first playoff game since 2016. The game will be held on Friday, November 8, and kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.