On KSST Radio and Cable Channel 18 TV’s Saturday (November 2) Morning Coach’s Show, Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens called Kaufman’s 28-24 come from behind win over the Wildcats a disappointing one and one the Wildcats let slip away. He said a few mishaps by the Wildcats cost them the ballgame. Coach Owens said the Wildcats played hard but could not put the game away. With the Wildcats leading 3-0 after a successful field goal, Kaufman’s punter dropped a snap and was brought down at his own 11 yard line by Kylan Wade and Cameron Kaufert. Coach Owens said the offense then did a good job of getting into the end zone. Among players singled out for playing very well were offensive lineman Ryan Hammons, Alfredo Olavide and Giovanni Pizano. He said back Caden Davis did a nice job of running hard. Coach Owens said he thought the Wildcats ran the ball pretty well. Noe Ponce filled in for injured quarterback Kaden Wallace and Coach Owens said coaches had created a special package of plays for Ponce. On one play on the goal line, a Wildcats receiver was bumped and it caused him to slip. The slip messed up the timing of the pass play that just went incomplete. On the following play, Kaufman intercepted a pass on the goal line. Coach Owens said the Wildcats defense got hurt by gaps on a few big plays. Singled out for praise were Cameron Kaufert, who is excelling after getting a soft cast taken off of a hand, nose guard Alex Rodriguez, inside linebackers Ryan Carrillo and Eleazar Brena, Kylan Wade, cornerback Dominique Sims who had an interception and broke up several passes, Chase Haney who broke up a long pass and returned an interception for two points on a Kaufman attempted pass after touchdown and sophomore safety Korderrian Bull Turner, who learned from an earlier mistake and did not allow Kaufman to repeat their success. The winning touchdown pass by Kaufman was a perfect storm according to Coach Owens. He said a Wildcats defender seemed to be drawing a bead on the ball but a mistimed jump resulted in the big completion for a score. Now the Wildcats wrap up the season at home Friday against explosive North Forney. Coach Owens called Senior Night exciting and emotional. He said the night typically produces good performances by the Wildcats. He said North Forney is extremely athletic. He said the Falcons have an uptempo offense that may run as many as 90 plays a game Coach Owens said North Forney had three good looking defensive linemen. He said they jumped all over Royse City last Friday night. Apparently the Falcons still have a slight chance of getting into the playoffs. North Forney’s head coach is Randy Jackson who has really moved around in a lengthy career. Perhaps his greatest success was at Mesquite Poteet.
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