For the first half of the first quarter against Pine Tree on the road Friday night, the Wildcats appeared to be in trouble. The Pirates scored on two short runs and had a 14-0 lead. They recovered an onside kick after the first touchdown and promptly scored the second. Then the Wildcats unveiled a secret weapon, senior wide receiver Tyrese Peters, who has missed the last season and a half due to injuries.
Quarterback Ryan Humphries threw two touchdown passes to Peters and by the end of the first quarter, the game was tied, 14-14. In the second quarter, the Wildcats offense continued to roll. Humphries used a brilliant fake to a running back and raced around end 53 yards for a touchdown. After a goal line stand by their defense, the Wildcats went 97 yards for a touchdown. Humphries again found Peters on a screen play that went 66 yards for a score. A swinging gate after TD run netted the Wildcats two points. The Wildcats scored one more before halftime. Humphries fired a 29 yard TD pass to Simeon Taylor with only 22 seconds left on the second quarter clock. The Wildcats led 36-14 at the half. Their offensive prowess continued in the third quarter as Humphries threw an 8-yard TD pass to Calvin Eckert. After scoring 43 unanswered points, the Wildcats led 43-14. After a final Pine Tree score, the Wildcats hit pay dirt in the fourth quarter as Cason Goodson scored on an 11 yard run and the Wildcats took at 49-21 win.
Humphries was magnificent completing 15 of 19 passes for 326 yards with five touchdown passes and one running TD. The Wildcats rolled up 518 yards of offense.
The Wildcats are 1-0 in district play and 2-3 for the season. They will host Marshall next Friday night at Gerald Prim Stadium.