Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens said his team still has a lot of work to do on a lot of things but he pointed out lots of positives in the Wildcats 42-21 win at Sherman Friday night. Coach Owens was on the KSST Radio and Channel 18 TV’s Saturday Morning Coach’s Show. He said it was exciting watching the explosiveness of the Wildcats’ offense. The Wildcats had 480 yards of offense with 249 yards rushing and 231 yards passing.
Coach Owens said on defense, the Wildcats played extremely hard and ran to the ball well. He said basically they gave up two big plays. Both involved broken tackles. There was a long quarterback run up the middle and a wide receiver long run after a catch. Coach Owens said other than that, Sherman did not move the ball until very late in the game. He said the Wildcats controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats also used a lot of players. Coach Owens said a strength of the team is its depth and they are guys who can play.
Defensive Coordinator Triston Abron challenged the defense and they held big Sherman back Nate Omayebu pretty much in check. Coach Owens praised the defense of linebacker Jaxon Reneau, defensive linemen D’Idrec Dugan and Calvin Eckert , sophomore linebacker Kylan Wade and defensive back Terrell Turman.
Coach Owens talked about an odd touchdown run by quarterback D’Corian Young after a good fake to back Cason Goodson. It seemed to baffle everyone including the entire officiating crew and the Sherman p.a. announcer and score keeper. On offense, Coach Owens liked the play of quarterback Ryan Humphries, receivers Simeon Taylor and Landry Tyson and the offensive line. He said a run from punt formation by punder Angel Tavera seemed to change the momentum in the game. Coach Owens said it was Tavera’s decision to run adding he has the green light to do so.
Coach Owens also gave an update on injured Wildcats Offensive Lineman Charlie Maddux. Maddux fell from a vehicle and hit his head near the high school parking lot last week. Coach Owens said Maddux is showing good signs of recovery. Before Friday’s game, Maddux was moved to a private room at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler.
The Wildcats will play The Avalon School of Gaithersburg, Maryland this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Gerald Prim Stadium.