Wildcats FB play 1 strong half
The Center-Stanton Wildcats were hoping to break their losing streak last Friday at home. For a slight bit in the opening minutes of the game, home fans thought the losing streak was coming to an end.
The Wildcats’ hopes faded after a penalty call, and they lost 42-22 to South Border.
The game didn’t start on a positive note for Center-Stanton. On the first play after the kick off, freshman offensive lineman Cody Helmers was injured.
The injury was damaging to the Wildcats because Cole Helmers, a senior linebacker/running back, wasn’t playing because of injury, too. Even though football’s physical nature appeared destined to ruin Center-Stanton’s season, the team rallied.
A running play to the outside allowed Matt Huber to run for a 27-yard gain, putting the ball on the 23-yard line. Center-Stanton pushed closer to the end zone on a 16-yard pass from Weston Meckle to Macauley Haag.
After the Meckle-Haag connection, the ball was on the 7-yard line. Levi Dickinson ran the ball in for the touchdown and 6-0 lead, but a holding penalty on the outside run negated the touchdown run.
After the questionable call, Meckle made his second consecutive pass of the game. Meckle found Karson Backer, but Meckle’s good passing start quickly deteriorated.
Meckle’s next pass was dropped and, on 3rd-and-goal, an incomplete pass ruined the strong opening drive.
Meckle wanted to get the ball back to his strong defense and did just that, picking off a pass near the red zone. But, after the interception, momentum failed to sway back to Center-Stanton.
Center-Stanton seemed ready to take over the game after forcing a red zone turnover but failed to advance the ball, which resulted in South Border’s first points of the game via a safety.
After giving up the safety, Center-Stanton struggled to contain the run. David Jochim ran for four first-half touchdowns, scoring on touchdown runs of 4, 12, 27, and 41 yards.
At the end of the first half, Center-Stanton trailed 34-0.
Center-Stanton showed fight in the second half, outscoring South Border 21-6. Center-Stanton scored their first touchdown of the game on a Haag 65-yard run.