Coey Gates and the Wildcat line paved way for 204 yards.
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
In a series which dates back to 2007, the Whitewater Wildcats football team made it five straight wins against Fayette County with a 35-13 win on Friday night.
Whitewater (3-1) dominated the game from start to finish, despite turning the ball over a dreadful eight times.
“There were a lot of turnovers and a lot of mistakes tonight,” Whitewater coach Amos McCreary said of his team performance. “It’s always good to get a victory, but we are going to have to improve a lot.”
Fayette County (0-3) came in to this game limping after losing starting quarterback Daveon Nash to a shoulder injury last week. Consequently, the Tigers had to rely on Ashton Jackson (their best wide receiver) and Jollyce Myrick (their top running back) to conduct the offense. From Fayette County’s opening play that began with a fumbled snap you could tell just how much they missed Nash.
“We have so many injuries. Tat was one thing I was afraid of,” said Tiger coach Mike Davis. “We lose our quarterback. We lose out tight end. We lost a major running back at the beginning of the year. We've got some hurdles in front of us that we have to cross.”
The Wildcats were never in danger in this game as it deployed a formidable rushing attack that racked up a total of 204 and three scores, the bulk of which was gained by Christian Wofford with 112 yards and a touchdown. Colton Clemmons and Ryan May each added a rushing score.
“Offensively we pretty much dominated them, but we made some mistakes that in the big games we got to get on into the end zone,” McCreary said.
Whitewater’s other two scores came courtesy of a 40 yard touchdown pass from Jay Ashley to Kyle Dugger and a 30 yard interception return by Matt Ogle.
After the Wildcats jumped out to a 28-0 lead after three quarters, the Tigers scored on an exciting 33 yard run by Vincent Bey. Before all that play freshman cornerback Robert Easterwood was having the game of his life on his way to a three interception performance that was capped off by a fumble return for a touchdown in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
“In terms of individuals, that was a great performance by Easterwood, but I’m big on team and I know he is too,” Davis said. “The level he played on (tonight), all of us have to play on that level.”
Without Nash the Tigers offense struggled, only managing four first downs in the entire contest, opposed to Whitewater which gained 10 first downs.
It doesn't get easier for Tigers as they host powerhouse Sandy Creek (2-0) in their next contest after a bye week while Whitewater looks to make it three wins in a row at home when the Wildcats host an undefeated Union Grove squad (3-0).