Wildcats fall by 6
By Jarann Johnson
The Center-Stanton Wildcats were close, 60 seconds and four yards to be exact, but couldn’t figure out a way to win their season opener last week. Center-Stanton went on the road to battle Drake-Anamoose last Friday and fell 14-8.
Early on, the game seemed like an even matchup. Neither team scored in the first quarter but a gamble by Drake-Anamoose Head Coach Ethan Brooks gave the Wildcats a great chance.
Brooks decided to call a funk punt on fourth down near his team’s own end zone. Cordell Volson lined up as punter and threw the ball to the left were it simply bounced into the dirt.
It appeared like Drake-Anamoose had a miscommunication and the targeted receiver didn’t know the play was a fake, which caused anger and frustration from the coaching staff.
The Wildcats didn’t waste much time after the turnover. Wildcats’ Head Coach Cale Ferderer elected to call a running play to the left.
Cole Helmers turned the run into a 9-yard touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 8-0 lead. The Wildcats added more momentum to their early touchdown with a successful 2-point conversion. Weston Meckle found Macauley Haag on the conversion for a reception.
All the momentum seemed to be on the Wildcats side. Drake-Anamoose managed two drives into the red zone but didn’t come away with any points.
One of Drake-Anamoose’s red zone drives ended in a Helmers interception. Drake-Anamoose had another great chance to even the score with the ball on the 10-yard line and one second left in the half, but failed to score.
At halftime the Wildcats had an 8-0 lead and solved their biggest task of the game – alluding Cordell Volson.
Volson, a 6-foot-4 and 250 pound NDSU verbal commit, wasn’t dominating the game. The Wildcats were neutralizing the talented senior’s effect on the game.
Continuing to contain Volson in the second half proved tough. Volson ended the Wildcats’ first drive of the second half with a blocked punt.
Later in the quarter, Tommy Gonzales broke to the outside for Drake-Anamoose and only needed to beat two Wildcats to score. Luckily for Gonzales, Volson was hustling down field and made two crucial lead blocks, springing a 56-yard touchdown run.