KING — The Wildcats blistered the Vikings in a 31-0 shutout on “Homecoming Night” at West Stokes High School on Friday. The Wildcats jumped out to a big 31-0 lead in the first half and the team’s defense shined in the second half to send the Vikings packing home with nothing but a goose egg.
The Viking received the ball to start the game, but only made it to their 40-yard line in their first drive. From the outset, the team had trouble making their way down the field.
In the Wildcats first drive of the night, they pushed to the Viking 35-yard line. Quarterback Alex Manley popped a short pass to Ricky Kirchenbauer, which brought the team within 15 yards of goal. Then, Rashad Witherspoon had a short run into the endzone for the first touchdown of the game. Afterward, Witherspoon punched in a 2-point conversion, to give the Wildcats an early 8-0 lead.
Witherspoon struck again at the beginning of the second quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run. After a good kick by Will Moore, the Wildcats were up 15-0.
The Vikings recovered a Wildcat fumble near the beginning of the quarter, but failed to make their way deep into Wildcat territory.
With about four minutes left before halftime, the Wildcats pushed deep down the field. Manley sealed the deal with a short run into the endzone. After another good kick by Moore, the Wildcats were in the lead 22-0.
Moments later, the Vikings woes continued when the Wildcats scored a safety on them, bringing the score to 24-0.
The Wildcats picked up one more touchdown before halftime, which brought the score to 31-0.
In the second half, the battle between defensive lines heated up. The Vikings and the Wildcats were held scoreless for the remainder - testament to the stout defense of both teams.
The Vikings tried to make some headway in the second half, but the team struggled offensively. The team spent most of the night giving the ball up after a number of downs and barely pushing into Wildcat territory.
The game ended with a 31-0 victory for the Wildcats, who are 4-1 right now.
At the end of the game, Wildcats Defensive Coordinator Mark Boyd congratulated his defense on their shutout win.
Wildcats Coach Jimmy Upchurch said that he was happy to see his team executing better on the field.
“I thought we did some good things tonight,” Upchurch said.
Coach Upchurch said that he is seeing his offense make progress.
“We’re getting better,” he said. “You’re offense takes longer to get on track…it takes us longer to get where we need to be…I’m happy we’re 4-1 right now. I just want us to keep progressing.”