Tiger coach Ken Avent said, “We played well and took advantage of a couple of their turnovers. I think that was the difference tonight.”
Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd commented, ‘Turnovers are big. I think we had four and they scored on all of them. We haven’t stopped them yet. The first two drives they drove it right down on us. We made it 14-7 and then we turned it over. We have to play a little better on defense. We do a lot of grabbing. Offensively, they controlled us. The turnovers were the big key.”
As sort of an afterthought, Byrd said, “Charles Chestnutt, a sophomore, had a big night for us.” Chestnutt scored two of the Wildcat touchdowns. Chestnutt is a 5 feet 6 inch tall, weights 130-pound running back, the smallest player on the team.
Kenan had the ball first and drove 60 yards, taking just over three minutes off the clock before scoring. Parker Jones scored on a 30-yard run. Jeffrey Bautista’s extra point made it 7-0.
The Wildcats took over, ran three and kicked. Kenan took over on the 20-yard line. With 52 ticks left on the clock in the first quarter, Raheim Phillips scored on a 2-yard run. The drive covered 80 yards in 15 plays. Bautista’s point after gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead.
The Wildcats put it together on the next drive covering 64 yards with Charles Chestnutt breaking a couple of tackles up the middle and scampering 25 yards for a score. Eli Escalera kicked the point after, making it 14-7 with 9:41 left in the first half.
The Wildcats stopped the Tiger offense on the next series, taking the punt at the 35-yard line. However, a fumble on first down gave the Tigers the ball on the Wildcat 20-yard line. With 4:41 left, Jones wormed his way through the middle for a 1-yard touchdown, raising the score to 20-7. Bautista’s point after made it 21-7.
The Wildcats fumbled the kick-off giving the ball back to the Tigers at the Wildcat 39-yard line. With two minutes left in the third, Jones scored again on a 1-yard run up the middle. Bautista missed the point after when the center mis-snapped the ball.
Chestnutt stepped up again on the kick-off returning it 24 yards and giving the Wildcats a start at the 45-yard line. Time ran out at the half before the Wildcats could get going. The score at the half was 27-7
Hobbton had first chance after the half starting at the 43-yard line. They moved into Tiger territory before Curtis Williams grabbed a Wildcat fumble and sprinted 65 yards for another score. Bautista kicked the point after for a 34-7 lead.
The Wildcats started over at the 35-yard line. Jonathan Webster picked off a Donovan King pass halting the drive. A penalty on the interception run gave Kenan the ball at their 40-yard line.
On first down, they fumbled. Chestnutt grabbed the ball and sprinted 55 yards for a Wildcat score. Escalera kicked the point after making it a 34-14 game.
Kenan’s next drive stalled; however, on fourth down, a fake punt gave them a score when Dontrill Hyman broke a couple tackles at the line of scrimmage and sprinted 65 yards for a score.The point after made it 48-14 with 6:59 left in the game.
The next drive started at the 32-yard line. With 2:08 left in the game, Chestnutt scored again on a 2-yard run around the right side. The extra point kick missed making it 48-20.
Kenan took over and ran out the clock.
Kenan’s leading rusher was the quarterback, Jones, with 89 yards on 14 carries and 3 touchdown. The had 391 total yards of offense.
For Hobbton, Chestnutt led the rushing with 61 yards on 5 carries and 2 touchdowns. He also had a 55-yard fumble recovery score. The Wildcats had 232 yards total.
Next week the Wildcats travel to Midway ending the regular season.