Wildcats hammer the Phoenix 41-7

Erik Spencer Hill Staff Reporter

September 12, 2013

West Stokes beat McMichael 41-7 in an nonconference away game at McMichael High School on Friday night. The Wildcats picked up a touchdown in the first quarter and did not let up until they finished the game with the win. The team’s defense held McMichael to just one touchdown in the entire game, which wasn’t scored until the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats started the game off pushing hard up the field. With about five minutes left in the first quarter, Rashad Witherspoon carried the ball into the endzone for the first touchdown of the game. The team went for the extra point, but the kick was unsuccessful — the score was 6-0.

McMichael tried for a touchdown in the first, but they couldn’t make anything happen. The team’s offense struggled all night. It wasn’t until the final quarter that the team got its first touchdown.

The second was a high-scoring quarter for the Wildcats, who bumped the score up an extra 22 points. Malik Banner pushed into the endzone on a running play early in the second. Then, Rickey Kirchenbauer followed it up with a two-point conversion, which put the team up 14-0.

With 6:27 to go in the second, Witherspoon broke loose for a ten-yard touchdown run. After a successful kick by Will Moore, the Wildcats were up 21-0.

The Wildcats weren’t done yet — with about five minutes left in the first half, quarterback Alex Manley fired off a 20-yard touchdown pass Kirchenbauer. Then, Moore kicked for the extra point.

At halftime, the Wildcats were firmly in the lead 28-0.

In the second half, the defensive struggle tightened up on both sides. After getting four touchdowns in the first half — the Wildcats slowed down and were only able to get two touchdowns in the latter half.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Witherspoon pushed into the endzone for his third and final touchdown in the game. After a successful kick by Moore, the Wildcats were up 35-0.

The Wildcats struck again in the fourth quarter with a 23-yard touchdown run by Dee Stewart. The team tried for a 2-point conversion, but the attempt failed. Still West had a 41-0 landslide lead over McMichael.

In the final minutes of the game, McMichael broke free for the team’s first and final touchdown of the game. Chris Williams fired off a 27-yard touchdown pass to Austin Elrod. After a good kick by David Schmidt, the final score of the game was 41-7.

Wildcats Coach Jimmy Upchurch said that the team’s offense has had a slow start to the season, but the offense is starting to gel - something that showed in Friday’s game against the Phoenix.

“I was pleased with our execution on Friday,” he said.

This Friday (Sept. 13), West Stokes will face off against East Surry’s undefeated Cards at West Stokes High School.

“They come in here undefeated. They’re riding high right now,” Coach Upchurch said. “We’re gonna have to play our very best to have a chance to win this game Friday.”