Wildcats triumph in first post-season game


Craig White

Nick Rebecca hauls in one of his two touchdown catches against Northwest, Nov. 5.

The Varsity Football Team took on the Northwest Lions in the first post-season game this year at Parkway South, Nov. 1.

The Wildcats struck first just 1:16 into the game when Mason Bendigo, quarterback, fired it to Nick Rebecca, wide receiver, for a 15-yard touchdown.

“It’s always good to start early,” Bendigo said. “You can just build on it for the rest of the game.”

Then six minutes later Bo Highfill, kicker, hit the first of his two field goals, this one from 37 yards out.

“Bo’s doing a great job,” Mr. Farrell Shelton, head coach, said. “He’s a real gamer.”

With 1:29 left in the first quarter the Wildcats jumped out to a 17-0 lead on a 4-yard run by Adam Yancey, running back, after he took the previous run to the four-yard line.

The second quarter also started quickly. Just 59 seconds into the quarter Brock Geisz, tight end, ran it in for a three-yard score to put the Wildcats on top, 24-0.

“We have such great leadership from our seniors,” Shelton said. “Everyone just wants to keep playing.”

With 7:50 remaining in the first half, Highfill hit his second field goal in the game from 27 yards.

Then just 40 seconds later, after an interception by Andy Coulter, defensive back, Bendigo threw again to Rebecca for the touchdown to take a 34-0 lead.

“You can usually catch the defense with their head down after a turnover,” Shelton said. “We just went right for the jugular.”

Striking again, one minute before halftime, Brett Geisz, quarterback, threw his only completion in the game to John Constant, wide receiver, for a nine-yard touchdown.

“We were going to play it safe in the second half,” Mitch McCain, linebacker, said. “We were going to stick to the game plan, but we still needed to respect Northwest.”

After a scoreless third quarter, Stephen Erutti, running back, punched in a seven-yard score with 5:49 remaining in the game to expand the Wildcat lead to 48-0.

There were many great performances for the Wildcats, Nov. 1.

Bendigo completed 11 of his 17 passes for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns without getting much action late in the game.

Yancey rushed for 69 yards on just five carries and a touchdown before leaving with a concussion.

Rebecca was the team’s leading receiver catching four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

The next game for the Wildcats is at home, weather permitting, against Lindbergh, Nov. 8.