The Wildcats Varsity and JV 7 on 7 Football Teams played in a Paul Pewitt tournament last Saturday (May 4). Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Matt Young said the Tanner Memorial Tournament was a fundraiser in memory of a young man killed five years ago in a traffic accident. He said the Wildcats were blessed to be a part of the event. The varsity won one game and lost one in early play and then lost a bracket play game. The Wildcats started with an overtime loss to Daingerfield. Coach Young said Daingerfield scored late to tie the game at 14-14. Teams then get a single play from the ten yard line in overtime. Daingerfield scored and the Wildcats did not. Coach Young said quarterbacks Kaden Wallace and Noe Ponce both led TD drives. Coach Young said the Wildcats varsity then played host Paul Pewitt. He said the Wildcats started slow and had some dropped passes. Coach Young said Wallace’s passes had better touch on them. He said receiver Campbell Cody made a one-handed catch along the sidelines and then got into the end zone for a score. Coach Young said the play lit a fire under the Wildcats and he said they might have scored on every drive after that until overtime of the next game. The Wildcats defeated Paul Pewitt, 28-7. In bracket play, the Wildcats faced Paul Pewitt again. Coach Young said offensive receiver standouts in the third game included Kylan Wade, Landry Meskimen, Brycen Lacy, Detrick Clayton, Zach Tiemeyer and Chase Haney. He said George Greenway and Ryan Carrillo were defensive standouts. The teams ended up tied, 42-42. Paul Pewitt then scored in a fourth overtime and the Wildcats did not match the score.
Coach Young said the Wildcats JV perhaps was a little over matched against varsity teams from Paul Pewitt, Alba-Golden and Mount Vernon. He said despite being on the wrong side of scores, the JV did get better as the day went along. 20-25 guys were on the JV team. Coach Young said quarterbacks Ty Stroud and Matthew Sherman got in lots of throws. He said the Wildcats are not in 7 on 7 mode right now with spring football going on. Still Coach Young said everyone got valuable reps and he added he was excited to see players improving.