QUANAH – The Wildcat defense led the way to 21 first quarter points last Friday night. The first Quanah possession resulted in a punt blocked by an Indian offensive lineman driven back into the punter by the Archer City defensive front force. The ball went over on downs on the Quanah 7 yard line. On the first offensive play of the night for the Cats, Ty Bates crashed in for a touchdown. Kannon Rice kicked the first of 8 points after to put Archer City up 7-0 early. Bates for the evening was 6 of 13 passing for 84 yards and gained 55 rushing yards on 13 carries with three for touchdowns.
The Indians were not without weapons as Landin Leija ran for 126 yards on 13 carries. He appeared to be driving his team for a tying touchdown at the Wildcat 15 yard line. Alert defense and penalties moved them back to the 30 yard line. On third and 12 from the 22 yard line Leija’s pass attempted was picked off by Kade Dagley and returned 50 yards.
From the Quanah 42 it took six plays for the Cats to score. A swing pass to Morgan Mobley, a couple of completions to Keegan Beaver moved the ball to the 4 yard line. Beaver finished the night with 3 catches for 32 yard and rushed for 22 yards on 3 carries with a TD. A loss on the next running play made it second and goal from the seven. A couple of Bates runs gave Archer a 14-0 lead.
McCasland got even for missing out on an earlier touchdown reception called back on a penalty by intercepting a pass on the Indian’s first play after the next kickoff. He hauled in the pass attempt at the 22 yard line then proceeded to weave his wave to the end zone. Another Rice kick made it 21-0 with over 4 minutes left in the first period.
Leija again had the Indians on the move down to the Archer City 35 yard line. Quanah again turned the ball over when Wildcat defensive back Jaxton Barrett forced a fumble recovered by Carter Hilbers. A few plays later Archer City threw a pass interception to set the Indians up on the Cat 43. The Indians drove in for a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-7.
Archer City covered an attempted onside kick to have good field position at the Wildcat 47 yard line. It took only 4 plays to cover the 53 yards. The last two plays were an option pitch to Mobley for 42 yards and a 2 yard plunge by Beaver for the score. Another Rice point after made it 28-7, the halftime score.
A third period Mobley punt pinned the Indians on their own ten yard line. Again the Indians appeared to be on the move at the 46 yard line until Barrett intercepted a pass returning it to the Quanah 38 yard line. With a short field to work with the Cats took only 2 plays to score on a 38 yard touchdown run by Mobley. Rice kicked to make it 35-7. Mobley rushed for 105 yards on 8 carries with 2 touchdowns.
Hilbers returned a punt to the Indian 48 midway in the third period. It took only 4 plays for Mobley to score on a 7 yard run. Rice’s next kick was true to make it 42-7 after 3 quarters.
With Quanah forced to throw on almost every down the relentless pass rush forced losses back to the Indian 6 yard line. Quanah’s failure to convert a fourth down try again gave the Cats a short field to work with at the 18 yard line. Bates scored form 9 yards out on the third play of the drive to make it 49-7 early in the fourth quarter.
The time had come for some back up players to get some playing time. Gunner Smith at quarterback got the pleasure of scoring the final touchdown of the night for the Wildcats on a 12 yard touchdown run. Rice finished a perfect night with a point after kick to make it 56-7. The Indians got a late consolation score to make the final 56-13.
The first half the Wildcats took advantage of turnovers for touchdowns. The offense took advantage of field position to move the ball for 4 touchdowns in the second half. The offense amassed 336 total yards. The Wildcat defense played a big role in the victory forcing 5 turnovers. Senior linebacker Dylan Briggs was in on 21 tackles with eight solos. Six of his tackles were for losses and 4 were quarterback sacks. A pair of sophomore defensive linemen, Chase Stafford and Breden Hulse, made major contributions. Together they had 6 tackles for losses. Other double digit tacklers were Barrett and Dagley with 12 each.
This Friday night at Wildcat Stadium the Chico Dragons come to town. It is Homecoming for Archer City High School so the Wildcats looking to cap off the celebration with a win. The Wildcats are now 3-1 for the season.