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Tennessee Christian Cougars Win the Battle of the ‘Cats

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   Senior night 2021 was not a successful one for the Wayne County High School Wildcats as the Middle Tennessee Christian Cougars came from Murfreesboro and took a 48 – 12 win over the ‘Cats. The Wildcats managed only 141 total yards of offense and turned the ball over twice in the first half of action in the loss. The Wildcats are now 2 – 7 on the year and will travel this week to Collinwood to face the Trojans in their final regular season game of the year.

   The game got off to a bad start for the Wildcats as the Cougars scored on a 64 yard run from scrimmage on the first play. The PAT was no good, making the score 6 – 0, only seventeen seconds into the contest. The Wildcats answered, going 60 yards in five plays. Julian Birchett got loose on a 41 yard run for the touchdown. The point after attempt was blocked, making it 6 – 6 at the 8:49 mark of the first quarter.

   MTCS mishandled the ensuing kick and began their next possession at their own 3 yard line. The distance of 97 yards didn’t matter, as they covered it in eleven plays, to score on a 27 yard run. This time the Cougars converted the PAT to go up 13 – 6.

   The Wildcats got the ball at their own 40 to begin their next series, but on the third play, fumbled it back to the Cougars. They got it at their own 46 and scored five plays later on a 37 yard run. They attempted a 2-pt. conversion which the ‘Cats stopped short of the goal line to make the score 19 – 6, with 1:19 left in the first period. The Wildcats couldn’t manage to move the ball and were forced to punt. MTCS failed to move the ball and turned it back to the Wildcats on downs at the Cougar 43, giving them great field position. On the third play of the drive, the Wildcats gave the ball up on an interception. The Cougars were on the move again, running 12 plays and going 81 yards for another touchdown. The PAT was converted, making the score 26 – 6. The Wildcats scored on the last play of the first half as Austin Whitson ran it in from 2 yards out. The Wildcats went for two, but failed, making the halftime score 26 – 12, in favor of the Cougars. The second half saw the ‘Cats begin with a twelve play drive that turned the ball over to MTCS, who scored on their first offensive play from 60 yards away. The Cougars managed two more scores to take the 48 – 12 win.

   The Wildcats finished the game rushing for 126 yards on 35 carries and managed 15 passing yards. Austin Whitson was 2 of 6 passing for 15 yards with an interception. He carried the ball 12 times for 24 yards and a touchdown. Julian Birchett had 7 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, and had one reception for 6 yards.   Timmy Robbins rushed 5 times for 16 yards, while Eli McClain had one carry for 5 yards. Brock Brown had 3 rushes for 19 yards, and Ryder Butler had one carry for no gain. Freshmen Drew Bevis, Cayson Castleman, and Saylor Skelton each had runs of 5, 4, and 11 respectively. Cardin Venable had 3 carries for minus 12 yards, and Tyler Moser had one pass reception for 9 yards. 

   The Wildcat defense gave up 226 yards rushing on 34 attempts and the MTCS quarter back was 9 of 13 passing for 196 yards. The Cougars scored on big plays of 64, 2, 37, 60, & 35 yards. The defense was led by Eli McClain with 8 tackles. Drew Bevis had 5 hits, while Julian Birchett, Aaron Martin, Jesse Dixon, and Dawson Willis each had 4. Chance Kelley, Carl Britt, and Ty Cofer had 3 tackles apiece, and Ryder Butler had 2. Austin Whitson, Luke Sesler, Brian Austin Carlton, Jeremiah Robbins, Timmy Robbins, and David Grant Dixon each had one tackle.

   Follow the ‘Cats as they take on their county rival, the Collinwood Trojans, Friday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m. “FINISHE STRONG WILDCATS!”—Submitted

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