Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens, on KSST and Cable Ch. 18’s Saturday Morning Coach’s Show, said is was good to get a win. Friday night, Nov. 6, at The Prim on Senior Night, the Wildcats defeated Corsicana, 28-21 to improve their zone record to 1-1 and their season mark to 1-3.
Coach Owens said the win affirmed all the hard work done by players and his coaches. Despite a loss last week, Coach Owens said the Wildcats did get better against North Forney and he added they got better still against Corsicana.
He said he was glad to have Senior Night. He said he knew his players would be super emotional and would play hard and he said the Wildcats needed that during these key zone games.
Coach Owens said the game could not have started any better. Corsicana fumbled on the opening kickoff and the Wildcats recovered at the Tigers’ 13 yard line. He said senior Chandler Johnson caused the fumble. When the Wildcats punched the ball into the end zone, Coach Owens said, his team was able to relax and get into a good rhythm.
Coach Owens said Corsicana’s second lost fumble occurred when a player went in motion and had the center snap hit him in the leg.
The Wildcats also had to overcome adversity to win. A Wildcats fourth and one play near the Tigers’ end zone was not converted and the Tigers’ then scored to tighten the game to 21-7. Still the Wildcats kept making plays to earn the win.
Coach Owens praised the defense for keeping the Tigers’ from making a long run. Meanwhile, the Wildcats used two long runs to score twice. Quarterback Kaden Wallace ran 58 yards and back Caden Davis went 68 yards. Coach Owens said Wallace had perhaps his best game running and throwing while remaining calm and playing with confidence.
Coach Owens said the offensive line did a good job protecting Wallace in the pocket. He said the wide receivers did a good job blocking and catching critical balls. Coach Owens praised the offensive line play of right tackle Sean Dial, right tackle Alfredo Olavide and left tackle Somjai Pryor.
On defense, the head coach mentioned safety Wylie Bennett, inside linebackers Wyatt Smithson and Ryan Carrillo, cornerback Kaden Eaton, defensive tackle Nick Cantillo and safety Korderrion “Bull” Turner, who Coach Owens said probably played his best game.
Now, comes zone game #3 with a playoff spot to the winner. The Wildcats travel to Greenville Friday night. Coach Owens noted that the teams always seem to meet with the playoffs on the line and that has caused a tremendous rivalry to develop.
Coach Owens said Greenville has great speed. He said the Wildcats have to try and bottle them up. He said the Lions work to get the ball in the hands of playmaker and wide receiver senior Miles Denson. He returned a Wildcats’ kickoff for a touchdown last year. He said colleges are also interested in senior receiver Caleb Johnson. Coach Owens said the veteran Lions’ quarterback senior Brandon Stephens is very athletic.