Wildcats battle hard, but fall short in second half

NASHVILLE — Wilson Central Wildcats battled hard in the second half but fell short to McGavock 28-13 Friday night.
Sep 27, 2009


NASHVILLE — Wilson Central Wildcats battled hard in the second half but fell short to McGavock 28-13 Friday night.
"We fought hard. They are a good football team." Wildcat coach Traye Aric said of McGavock. "When you are (0-6) everyone wants to take responsibility but it starts with me.
"Our assistant coaches work hard every week."
The game began great for Wilson Central as on the opening kickoff Tyler Coombes raced with the football to the end zone for an apparent touchdown. But a penalty for a block in the back negated the score, leaving the ball on the 17-yard line.
On the second snap of the game, Hunter Cranford threw an interception that was returned 25 yards for a score to put McGavock on top 7-0.
Wilson Central came right back and drove the ball 80 yards. The drive was capped by a run of 36 yards by Darell Stewart. Stewart ran into a pile of McGavock defenders and appeared to be down but came out of the pile and raced to the end zone.
The extra point was good and the score was even at 7-7.
McGavock scored twice more before the end of the first quarter.
The first score came on a 5-yard pass from Kody McKinley to Aaron Sims.
The second score came on a short run from Alex Thompson with less than a minute to play and the score was 21-7.
Wilson Central had another chance to score in the first half. The Wildcats drove the ball 76 yards down inside the 10-yard line. McGavock's defense stiffened and held taking the ball at the 8-yard line.
From there, the Raiders drove 94 yards in 13 plays, capping the drive with a 5-yard run by Everett Colbert, making the score 28-7 at the intermission.
The Wilson Central defense came to play in the second half, holding McGavock scoreless.
The only score of the second half came on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone and with five minutes left to play the score was 28-13.
On McGavock's last possession, the Raiders broke off a big run and were tackled at the 1-yard line. With less than a minute left, McGavock got in victory formation took a knee and ran out the clock as the Raiders put the bow on their fourth straight win following a season-opening loss to Mt. Juliet.
Wilson Central will host District 9-AAA rival Hendersonville at 7 p.m next Friday.


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