The Wildcats’ 7 on 7 football team opened their season Tuesday evening (May 8) against Gilmer in the Multipurpose Building. Wildcats Football Offensive Coordinator Matt Young said more than 100 Wildcats who will be seventh graders, eighth graders, JV players and Varsity members got to throw and catch for two hours.
Coach Young noted that the Buckeyes are talented with tall and long receivers who expose your weaknesses. Gilmer’s varsity looked like they had been practicing for several months as they scored the first five times they had the football in a six touchdowns to two win. Wildcats defensive back Andy Eddins broke the Gilmer string of scores with an interception.
On the Wildcats very first offensive play, senior to be quarterback D’Corian Young threw a long bomb that was caught perfectly by receiver Day Day Dugan. Later Young threw another touchdown. The Wildcats used four different quarterbacks: Young, Aidan Walker, Noe Ponce and Kaden Wallace. Gilmer also took a second match up with the varsity, 4-2. Young had a couple more TD passes including one to Landry Tyson. This game was tied 2 touchdowns apiece before Gilmer scored the last two to come out on top.
Coach Young said he spent most of his time watching seventh and eighth graders to be since they did not get videotaped. He has tape of varsity and JV action to evaluate. Based on what he saw and heard about Tuesday, Coach Young said D’Corian Young threw some accurate balls and he said although the catching is not where it needs to be, he said the receiving improved as the evening went along.
Coach Young said Commerce and Emory Rains would be bringing teams to town to play 7 on 7 next Tuesday.