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Wildcats Football Fall To Frisco

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Frisco Wakeland Uses Big Second Half to Run Away From the Wildcats, 53-17 at The Prim Friday

Things looked pretty good for the Wildcats at the half. They had battled toe to toe with Frisco Wakeland and the teams were tied 17-17. The Wildcats had no idea what a nightmarish second half awaited them. The Wolverines scored 36 unanswered points in the second half on their way to a 53-17 win at Gerald Prim Stadium Friday night (August 30) in the season opener for both teams. In the fateful second half, the Wildcats had trouble moving the ball, began to make some big mistakes and started picking up penalties. The Wolverines scored every time they had the ball in the second half except for the last drive when they let the clock run out. The stats (unofficial KSST stats) pretty well told the tale. Wakeland ended up with 448 yards of offense compared to 290 for the Wildcats. The Wolverines ran for 226 yards and passed for 222 yards. Wakeland senior quarterback Dylan Laible hit 16 of 21 passes for 222 yards with 5 touchdown passes. Receiver Kevin Rychel caught 4 of the TD passes and had 7 receptions for 149 yards. The Wildcats rushed for 94 yards. Da’Korian Chock Sims had 43 yards and Caden Davis had 41 yards. Wildcats quarterback Kaden Wallace completed 18 of 30 passes (60%) for 196 yards with 1 interception. The first quarter was a good one for the Wildcats. They opened with a successful on side kick by Brandon Zavala recovered by Kylan Wade. A Wildcats drive bogged down the Zavala kicked a 40 yard field goal. The Wildcats led 3-0 with 7:00 left in the first quarter. Then the Wildcats had their second successful on side kick this one recovered by Ryan Carrillo. This time the Wildcats drove all the way to the end zone. Sims ran 3 yards for the touchdown. With a successful extra point kick, the Wildcats led 10-0 with 4:00 left in the first quarter. That was the score after the first quarter. Wakeland scored two second quarter touchdowns. Back Charlie Burkhart scored from one yard out and Laible threw first first TD pass to Rychel. Wakeland took a 14-10 lead. The Wildcats scored to retake the lead. Davis run the final 8 yards for a score and the Wildcats were back up, 17-14. Despite having just seconds left, Wakeland maneuvered into field goal range. Kicker Tanner Cragun hit a 45 field goal as time expired and the teams went to the locker room with a 17-17 score. Things began to go wrong for the Wildcats early in the third quarter. A center snap sailed over the head of Wildcat punter Noe Ponce and Wakeland recovered at the Wildcats 16 yard line. Wakeland scored to make it 24-17. An interception stopped one Wildcat drive and penalties hampered others. Wakeland just kept scoring. The Wildcats, 0-1 for the season, play their second and final non-district game next Friday on the road at Lucas against Lovejoy with kickoff at 7:30 p.m

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Author: Chad Young

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