Wildcats "Bring Home the Hardware" From Lindale,
Face Corsicana, Next Week
by: Bobby McDonald
Photos by Cathy Lumsden Bryan
Wildcats and their fans traveled to Lindale, on Friday night, as they met Hallsville in the Bi-District Round of the Play-offs. And, despite a "lack-luster" performance, managed to win the match-up by capitalizing on turnovers and making plays where it counted. Thus, they will travel to Mesquite Memorial Stadium, on next Friday night, to face Corsicana.
The Wildcats could only manage a Tony Bravo field goal in the first quarter of play and found themselves trailing 7-3 at the end of the first period.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats connected in the end zone, with a pass from Justin Owens to Cody Clayton and moved ahead, 10-7, but in the final two minutes of the period, saw their slim lead, vanquish, when Hallsville scored a touchdown and extra-point with approximately 1 minute left to play in the half.
The Wildcats trailed at half 14-10.
The third quarter of play saw the Wildcats connect with Buddy Ivery and a PAT from Bravo, moved the Wildcats ahead, 17-14. But, again Hallsville, wasn't "dead" and captured another T.D. and extra-point, to end the period ahead, 21-17.
However, the Wildcats "played football" during the final period and dominated the ball, to score two more touchdowns and convert on some "charity" turnovers from Hallsville. Owens conected again with Clayton in the early minutes of the period and Bravo's PAT was good. The Wildcats moved ahead 24-21. And, then following a fumble recovery by Kody Chester, and another "on the mark" PAT, the Wildcats delivered a 31-21 victory and the Bi-District Championship.
"Most agreed that the Wildcats will have to come back home and work on a number of key elements, as they prepare for next week's meeting in Memorial Stadium, with their appointment with Corsicana," stated Greg Owens. "Corsicana has always had a tough program and they'll be a contender, wherever they show up to play!"
Enjoy these photos from Friday night's match-up in Lindale: