GLADEVILLE — The Wilson Central Wildcats dropped their fourth straight game in a homecoming heartbreaker to McGavock 20-14.
"McGavock took the momentum from us at the half. We could not get anything going offensively in the second half and did not match their intensity," Wildcat coach
Brad Dedman said after Central slipped to 2-4.
Special teams came to play early for Wilson Central as Hunter Cranford took the opening kickoff 49 yards down to the Raider 31-yard line. The Wildcats took five plays
and put the ball in the end zone on a short run by Cranford.
On the Wildcats second possession, the team drove the ball inside the 5-yard line.
But on a first and goal play, the Wildcats put the ball on the turf and the Raiders recovered at the 2-yard line.
After a McGavock punt, Wilson Central took the ball at the Raider 40-yard line to open the second quarter. The Wildcats ran three plays and went to attempt a 50-yard
field goal. Instead of attempting the field goal, the Wildcats ran a fake. The fake was executed to perfection as Chase Hobbs threw a pass to Cranford who took the ball
in stride and raced to the end zone and the score was 14-0.
McGavock got a little momentum before the half as the Raiders went on an 80-yard drive that took 13 plays. The final 5 yards was covered on a pass from Kody McKinley
to Anthony Knight. The extra point was no good and the halftime score was 14-6.
In the second half, McGavock drove the ball to the Wildcat 37-yard line and on a fourth-and-1 play the Wildcat defense stood and got the ball back on downs.
The first snap however was an interception thrown by Cranford. The ball was returned for a touchdown but was called back by a penalty. It gave McGavock the ball at the
Wildcat 19-yard line. McGavock scored a touchdown on the last play of the third quarter a 10-yard pass from McKinley to Aaron Sims. The two-point conversion
failed leaving the Wildcats with a 14-12 lead.
After a punt by Jackson Redditt of 65 yards, pinning the Raiders at their own 10-yard line. The Raiders drove the ball 90 yards in nine plays. The key play was a
personal-foul penalty on the Wildcats, giving the ball to the Raiders on the Wildcat 41-yard line. From there, McGavock quarterback McKinley, on a third-and-8 play,
aired the ball out and his reciever Deontae Battle caught the ball, got by the cornerback and raced to the end zone for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good
and the score was 20-14 with a little less than six minutes to play.
Wilson Central got the ball back and drove the ball down the field in an effort to score the winning touchdown. The Wildcats had the ball first and goal at the 8-yard line.
After a sack by the McGavock defense and a 1-yard run by Cranford, it came down to fourth and goal at the 11-yard line. Cranford went back to pass and threw an interception ending the threat. McGavock ran out the clock for its fourth straight win after a season-opening loss at Mt. Juliet.
"Their kids played hard and they had some athletes," Raider coach Jay Gore said of Wilson Central. "The quarterback is a warrior,"
Wilson Central will play at Hendersonville at 7 p.m. next Friday in District 9-AAA action.