Turnovers costly in Wildcat loss
The Wallace Wildcats could not overcome six fumbles and an interception as they fell to the Maywood Tigers, 48-34, Friday night.
The Wildcats dominated the play early in the game, but could not take advantage because of the turnovers.
The Wildcats marched inside the Maywood 20 yard line on its first two possessions, but came away with no points after losing fumbles on both possessions. The first fumble came at the six yard line and the second at the 17.
Wallace did manage to take the lead on its third possession when quarterback Sean May connected with freshman wide receiver Taylor Doell for a beautiful 59 yard touchdown pass.
May hit Doell in stride behind the Tiger secondary and Doell raced down the sideline for the touchdown. The two point conversion was no good and the Wildcats led 6-0 late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter Maywood tied the game with a 27 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Arent to Jordan Walther.
Then the Tigers took the lead after recovering another Wildcat fumble at the Wallace 27 yard line.
Arent scored on a one yard sneak. The two point conversion was no good and the Tigers had a 12-6 lead, which they took into the halftime break.
The defensive battle turned into a scoring explosion in the second half.
Following the fourth fumble of the game for the Wildcats, Maywood used one play, a 20 yard run by Peyton Littell, to increase their lead to 20-6.
Wallace answered with a 58 yard touchdown run by May, who had switched to I-back at halftime when Ethan Scott was moved to quarterback. The touchdown cut the Tiger lead to 20-12.
However, Maywood took no time regaining their double digit lead when Arent scored on the Tigers first play from scrimmage on a 62 yard run. The successful two point conversion made the score 28-12 in favor of Maywood.
Wallace answered again on its next drive. Facing a fourth and three from their own 35yard line, May took a pitch from Scott and burst through the Tiger defense for a 45 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 28-18 late in the third quarter.
Maywood broke the game open when Arent scored on three straight possessions for the Tigers to start the fourth quarter. Arent’s touchdown runs covered 2, 28 and 1 yard respectively to give the Tigers a 48-18 lead.
The Wildcats didn’t quit however, and made it interesting late in the game.
May scored on a 42 yard run and then on a 19 yard run following a successful on-side kick to cut the Tiger lead to two touchdowns at 48-34 with 2:34 to play in the game.
However, the Tigers recovered the second on side kick attempt and ran out the clock for the victory.
May led the Wildcats in rushing with 24 carries for 192 yards and four touchdowns. May completed 3-5 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. Doell was the leading receiver with one catch for 59 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats will take this week off before hosting the Stapleton Broncos on Sept. 18.