An unusual thing is happening to the Wildcats this season. In several games, they go into halftime still very much in a game only to see things unravel in the second half. In started in game one versus Frisco Wakeland. A 17-17 halftime score ends up Wakeland 53, Wildcats 17. On Friday (October 18), the Wildcats trailed Corsicana on the road by only 21-14 at the half. The Tigers outscore the Wildcats 20-0 in the second half. Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens says the situation has been a frustration all season. The second half last Friday started with what appeared to be another successful onside kick. A Wildcats offside penalty negated the play. Later the Wildcats found themselves with a first and goal on the Corsicana one yard line trailing 27-14 when they were hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that cost them 15 yards. They can not overcome it. Coach Owens says the Wildcats can’t overcome themselves. He says the game was so low on energy at times it felt like a scrimmage. He says it was as if the Wildcats did not want to be there. Coach Owens says Coach Hal Wasson of Corsicana suggested after the game that the Wildcats might be snake bit. Coach Owens says he is beginning to think so. He adds the Wildcats offense did not put points on the board and the Wildcats defense did not tackle well at all. Having said all of that, Coach Owens had this positive bit. The Wildcats have three district games to play. If they can win all three, they are very likely to make the playoffs with a 4-4 district record. Coach Owens figures the Wildcats will end up battling Greenville and North Forney for the last playoff spot. Running the table would mean victories over the Lions and Falcons. Therefore they would need 5 wins to top us. Greenville currently has 3 wins and North Forney 2 with 3 games left each. Coach Owens makes the case his Wildcats and their final three opponents are evenly matched. Big match up number one is Friday as Greenville comes to Gerald Prim Stadium. Coach Owens thinks highly of Royse City so he says he was shocked that Greenville only lost to the Bulldogs, 17-14 last Friday at Greenville. He says both teams will be fighting for a playoff spot Friday. The games between the two schools have been very spirited to say the least. Who can forget several years ago in Greenville when the two teams did not take part in the handshake line after a last second Wildcats win. Friday will be probably the last chance for the Wildcats to start a winning streak. As Coach Owens notes, if the Wildcats lose Friday they are done for the playoffs.
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