Playoff bound Wildcats take down Tigers

Wildcat wide receiver Carter Hilbers digs for yardage after the catch

ELECTRA – The Tigers had some weapons last Friday night in the final District 6-2A game of the 2019 season. The weapons were Jailen Dixon, who rushed for 160 yards on 31 carries and Andrew Jones, who rushed for 84 yards on 14 carries. The Electra rushing attack kept the game within reach at halftime with Archer City leading 21-12.

The Wildcats just happened to have a few more weapons employing them for a 49-20 District 6-2A win and a trip to the playoffs for the second year in a row. Archer City rushed for 327 yards scoring 7 touchdowns on the ground. Morgan Mobley scored 4 times rushing for 131 yards on 17 carries. Keegan Beaver had 78 yards on 5 carries with a touchdown, Justin Browning had 53 yards on 2 carries with a touchdown, and Ty Bates had 65 yards on 8 carries with a touchdown.

Bates completed 11 of 17 passes for 124 yards to four different receivers. Callen McCasland caught 5 passes for 66 yards. Beaver caught 2 passes for 26 yards and Carter Hilbers caught 3 passes for 17 yards. The Wildcats had very little need to pass in the second half as they rushed for three scores in the third period.

A Kade Dagley interception on Electra’s opening drive set the Cats up at their own 20 yard line. Eight plays later Bates scored on a 12 yard run. The second touchdown was set up when Jaxton Barrett blocked a Tiger punt recovered by Chase Stafford. Mobley scored on the next play after the blocked punt on a 25 yard scamper. Kannon Rice kicked his second of 7 successful extra points to give the Cats the lead at 14-0 after the first period. Mobley scored his second touchdown of the night on a five yard run in the second quarter, but Electra’s Dixon scored two times in the period.

Leading by only 9 points after halftime the Wildcats started stepping off large chunks of yardage on the ground in the third period. The Tigers seemed to have no way to slow down the Wildcat stable of running backs. The Wildcats scored three times in the third period. Mobley scored on runs of 2 and 22 for a 35-12 lead. Before the end of the third period Justin Browning delivered the knockout punch with a 48 yard touchdown run for a 42-12 lead. Beaver got a scoring touchdown run of 6 yards in the fourth period to close out the scoring at 49. The Tigers added a consolation touchdown late in the fourth period for the final score of 49-20.

The Archer City defense had its hands full with Dixon and Jones, but a fumble recovery by Bates stopped a Tiger drive in the third period. Hilbers (13 tackles), Barrett (12 tackles), Dagley (10) tackles, and Bates (16 tackles) were busy in the defensive secondary making tackles to prevent longer runs by the Electra backs. The front defensive force was busy as well as linebackers Dylan Briggs was credited with 18 tackles with 3 for losses. Zane Myracle and Chase Stafford on the defensive line had 10 and 12 tackles respectively.

Tonight (Thursday, November 14) at 7pm in Vernon the Wildcats will face the Wheeler Mustangs in the Bi-District round of the UIL Class 2-A, Region 2, playoff bracket. Archer City gets a rematch with the team that eliminated them last year. The Mustangs are the runner-up in District 5-2A. A Bi-District win for the Wildcats would be a major step in the development of the football program at Archer City. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a winning record of 7-3. The Archer City district record was 3-2.

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