A win is a win, and any win is a big one this late in the season.
Walking into West Shore Stadium on Friday night, I do not think anyone could have predicted much about our divisional matchup against Red Land — other than the fact it was going to be a dogfight.
The game showed a lot of adverse and unfavorable conditions, to say the least.
We played in a hostile environment with a tough crowd, in less than ideal weather conditions, and fought through a few questionable penalty calls and some dirty hits.
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The game was also unique in numerous ways. Early on, our own Nick Morrison nailed an impressive 40-plus yard field goal, which was immediately undermined by a safety to give us a one point lead at 3-2 — not as strange of a score when compared to the final of 16-11.
Fast forward to the end of the game, where a single play featured an interception and two fumbles. Better yet, without our star quarterback Micah Brubaker, stand-in quarterback James Anderson, or Peanut as we call him, led us to a second half comeback. His throwing and rushing touchdowns were ultimately what saved the day (along with our defense continuing its reputation as a turnover machine), an expected result of his (their) hard work and preparation all week long during practice.
Plain and simple, we knew the outcome was going to be in the favor of the tougher team. When it came down to it, the Wildcats showed we wanted it more, a statement backed by our courageous offensive effort and solidified by our defense’s second half performance.
Next on the agenda is another solid week of practice as we try to improve to 6-2 in our homecoming game against Cedar Cliff.