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WMS Wildcats Take Homecoming Win

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   The WMS Wildcats hosted the Lions from South Henderson (Scotts Hill) this past Thursday for their homecoming. Even though Tropical Storm Beta tried to dampen the evening, the ‘Cats were able to bring home the win, and the Ladies of Homecoming were beautiful under the soggy conditions.

   Scotts Hill won the toss and elected to receive the ball. The Lions started on their own 13-yard line from a long kick by Drew Bevis. They were unable to get anything going on offense and punted the ball to the Wildcats. The ‘Cats second play resulted in a fumble by Skelton, and Scotts Hill recovered on their own 46-yard line. The Lions were able to move the ball down the field, but eventually stalled, and turned the ball over on downs to the ‘Cats. The 1st quarter ended with a score of 0-0.

   The ‘Cats were able to get things rolling on their second offensive possession when Drew Bevis scored the first points of the night on an 8-yard run into the end zone for the TD. Bevis added the 2-point conversion, and the score was 8-0, ‘Cats, with 3:48 left in the 1st half. The Lions returned the kickoff up to the Waynesboro 49-yard line to start their next offensive drive. They went on to score a touchdown with :22 left before halftime. After the failed 2-point conversion, the score was 8-6, WMS. The Lions’ short kickoff bounced off of a Wildcat player, and the Lions recovered the ball on the WMS 44-yard line.  Scotts Hill took advantage of the turnover and scored once again in the second quarter. The 2-point conversion was good and the Lions led 14-8 at halftime.

   Upon opening the second half, the ‘Cats received the kick-off at their own 37-yard line. The ‘Cats moved the ball down field and was able to score on a Bevis touchdown run from 19-yards out. Bevis added the 2-point conversion, and the score was 16-14, ‘Cats, with 1:46 left in the 3rd quarter. Scotts Hill’s next possession resulted in a Brady Stooksberry interception at the Lions’ 23-yard line. The 3rd quarter ended with a score still 16-14.

   In the 4th quarter, Drew Bevis scored his 3rd rushing TD of the night with a 9-yard scamper into the endzone. Bevis also added another 2-point conversion for the night. Score was 24-14, WMS, with 6:44 left in the game. Scotts Hill attempted to put together a scoring drive, but turned the ball over on a fumble recovered by Daylan Van Fleet. The ‘Cats started the offensive drive on the Lions’ 41-yard line. After a couple of plays, Skelton scored on a 31-yard TD run, and Baker Bryant added the 2-point conversion.  The ‘Cats led 32-14. Scotts Hill would manage to score once again, but the ‘Cats stood strong and won with a score of 32-20.

   For the offense, Drew Bevis had a spectacular evening scoring 24 of the ‘Cats points with 3 TD’s and three 2-point conversions. He had 91 yards rushing on 9 carries. Sayler Skelton had 94 yards rushing for 10 carries to include one touchdown, and he was 0 for 1 passing. Cayson Castleman had 79 yards on 6 carries. Baker Bryant contributed a 2-point conversion. Collectively, the ‘Cats were 264 yards rushing on 25 carries and 4 touchdowns.

   The ‘Cats defense was led by Brayden Littleton who had 6 assists and 2 solo tackles. Sayler Skelton had 5 solo tackles, 2 assists, and a pass breakup. Baker Bryant had 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 2 tackles for loss. Drew Bevis had 4 solos and 2 tackles for loss. Cayson Castleman had 2 solo tackles and 3 assists.  Dominic Donahue had 4 assists. Austin McFadden and Daniel Pike each had 3 assists and 1 solo tackle.  Dane Bryant had 2 solos, 1 assist, and 1 tackle for loss. Brady Stooksberry had 3 solo tackles and an intercepted pass. Ty Carlton and Case Butler had an assist each. Daylan Van Fleet had a fumble recovery.  

   The WMS Wildcats are scheduled this week to face the Collinwood Trojans for their last home game of the season. The 8th grade football players and cheerleaders will be recognized beginning at 6pm and kick-off is 6:30. Come support these young athletes. Go Cats!—Submitted

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