Wildcats experience deja vu in elimination from playoffs
By LaDonna Swedberg
The 2011 football playoffs for the Wallace Wildcats felt like a repeat of the 2010 football playoffs.
In 2010, Wallace traveled to O’Neill to take on the St. Mary’s Cardinals only to be shut out 66-0. Jump forward to 2011, the Wildcats again had to travel to O’Neill to face another tough Cardinal team and the result was exactly the same, a final score of 66-0.
It was no secret that the Wildcats would have their hands full when they squared up against St. Mary’s; the Cardinals had a lot of size and depth in addition to some impressive stats. Nonetheless, Wallace was excited to be in the playoffs for another game, especially for the seniors.
The Wildcats struggled throughout the game on both sides of the ball. The defense never found a way to stop senior quarterback Tait Sebbel as he scored five TDs for the Cardinals. Offensively, Wallace was unable to move the ball against St. Mary’s stingy defense. The Wildcats were held to just under 50 yards of offense.
Even though the final game fell short of the Wildcats’ expectations, the football team overcame a great deal to make it to playoffs.
First of all, the Wildcats had a difficult schedule this year; all but two of their opponents qualified for playoffs.
Another obstacle that Wallace had to deal with was the lack of experience they had coming into the season and due to illness and injuries, the team had to adapt and adjust to different people in different positions as the season progressed.
The drive and enthusiasm of the senior leaders helped propel a positive attitude and perseverance through each challenge and this kept the Wildcats competing throughout the season.