Wildcats back on track

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Wildcats back on track

Jackson Berry (#5) dropping back for a pass.

Jackson Berry (#5) dropping back for a pass.

Haidee Urrea

Jackson Berry (#5) dropping back for a pass.

Haidee Urrea

Haidee Urrea

Jackson Berry (#5) dropping back for a pass.

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Coming off a previous loss to Shafter, the Wildcats had mixed emotions about the game. One of the players, Jackson Berry was asked about how he felt coming into this game. His response was, “…not gonna lie, I felt nervous because I didn’t have any good practices during the week.” While another player, Corbin Yaws responded with, “I felt good, relaxed, and ready to go to war with my brothers.” The game started off with the ball in Mcfarland’s hands on the 45-yard line. Mcfarland took the chance of taking a deep shot towards the end zone, hoping to be put into a better field position. The ball was racked in at the 20-yard line putting the Cougars in scoring position. The Cougars would run the ball up the middle for a touchdown and converting the extra point, making the score 7-0. The Wildcats would receive the ensuing kick, returning the ball back to Mcfarland’s 45-yard line. The ‘Cats would start off the drive with two back to back runs by Jackson Berry for five yards combined. The ‘Cats decided to take a page from Mcfarland’s playbook, taking a deep shot over the middle to Jacob Ellis for the touchdown and converting the extra point, tying the game at 7-7. 

With Mcfarland receiving the kick, it was returned to the 50-yard line. With this field position, the Cougars were ready to get back to work. The ‘Cat’s defense would play a solid drive of defense with Corbin Yaws leading the way with two back-to-back tackles. With these two plays gone down the drain, the Cougars would dig deep into their playbook pulling out a trick play, which was dropped by the Mcfarland receiver, forcing the Cougars the punt. The ensuing punt was blocked by Bryce Veach, which was picked up by Kyler Miles for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked by the Cougars, making the score 13-7. The Cougars would once again receive the ball, but the returner would be tripped up and fumble the ball, which was recovered by Tofer Downey, giving the ‘Cats great field position. With this advantage, the ‘Cats would run the ball to the outside with Jackson Berry scoring the touchdown. The ‘Cats would miss the ensuing field goal making the score 19-7.

Mcfarland, once again, received the ball and would return it back to the Wildcat’s 45-yard line. The Cougars passed twice, both being incomplete. The Cougars would attempt a quarterback draw up the middle, which was stopped by Kyler Miles. The Cougars attempted another pass, hoping to gain the first down, which was deflected by Jackson Berry, forcing a turnover on downs. The ‘Cats had the ball on the 45-yard line with intentions to score one more time before halftime. The ‘Cats put up a fight but were unable to get anything started.

The ‘Cats came out of halftime, returning the ball to the 30-yard line, but were unable to get anything going, forcing them to punt the ball away to Mcfarland, which was returned to midfield for a pickup of 25-yards. Mcfarland would take another deep shot for the end zone, which was caught for the touchdown and converting the extra point, making the score 21-14. The ‘Cats offense scored right off the bat with a 35-yard run by Chad Berry and converted the 2-point conversion making the score 26-21. The ‘Cats played outstanding defense down to the very last second with Corbin Yaws coming up big with an interception to close out the game.