Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wildcats tops Northgate in 17-6 battle


By Jimmie Haywood

Josh Alexander and Whitewater beat Northgate 17-6 for their fifth straight victory. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

Whitewater’s football team has been on a roll and that roll continued with a 17-6 victory over Northgate that pushed their winning streak to five games.
Despite the win, 17 total points was the lowest point total in any victory for a Wildcats squad that came into the game averaging 34.5 points in their wins this season
“The kind of defense they run you see one time a year,” said Whitewater coach Amos McCreary about his team's surprisingly low point output. “They always give us problems but I thought we could have had another score at the end.”  
Running back Christian Wafford again was a key player offensively for the Wildcats , finshing with 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Liam Voight provided a 21 yard field goal to account for the rest of the Wildcats scoring.
Defensively, linebacker Colton Clemons was a beast with 17 total tackles, three accounting for losses. Cornerback Ryan May contributed nine tackles and an interception. As a team, Whitewater held Northgate to just 224 total yards and one score.
Wafford put Whitewater on the board first with a four yard touchdown run in the first quarter but Northgate narrowed the deficit with a score just before the half, they missed the extra point however, which made the score 7-6.
In the second half Wafford broke for a 46 yard rushing score that put the Wildcats back in control of the game before Voight’s fouth quarter field goal sealed the victory.
“We were hoping we could be at this point,” said McCreary whose team sits at 5-1 overall with a 1-0 region mark. “Of course we would have loved to win the first game, but we feel pretty good right now because if we lose this game then we have that anchor on our shoulder that we must win.”   
Now Whitewater, who is the number two ranked team in the region 4B-AAAAA, is set for a highly anticipated meeting against undefeated McIntosh (5-0), who is ranked number three since they have yet to play a region game until this point.
“They are coming in riding on probably the best season they have had in a long time,” McCreary said of McIntosh. “So we are going to have to do like we do every week, go back and work hard and hope that we can find some way to slow them down.”


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