Cats fall to Pirates

Coach Adam Gentry didn’t dwell on the Wildcat’s loss to Coffeeville in their division opener. By the end of the game, he already had his mind set on the future.
“We just have to put this behind us and move forward,” Gentry said. “We’ve got a tough schedule as far as the next few weeks.”
The Wildcats ran with the Pirates through the first quarter and scored before halftime, but the second half belonged to Coffeeville who racked up a 43-7 win.
The Wildcats were not without positive sparks on the field, including stopping the first Pirate drive of the game on a three-and-out with Houlka’s Q Beaty dropping Coffeeville’s Javon Dudley for a loss on third down.
On the Pirate’s second drive, Houlka forced another turnover on downs, but the Wildcat offense couldn’t capitalize and the Pirate’s Antavius Mody took one straight up the middle for a 50-yard touchdown to break onto the scoreboard.
The Pirates scored twice in the second quarter, but the Wildcats retaliated with a successful drive.
James Buggs and Wyatt Esterley combined on the ground for a first down and Esterley hit Tyreque Reed who broke three tackles on his 47-yard scamper to put the Cats inside the red zone.
Buggs gained a first down with a run and a reception, then completed the drive with a five-yard push into the end zone. Marquis Vance’s PAT was good putting the Wildcats at 7-21 going into the half.
That was as far as they would get as the Pirates turned up the volume on offense in the second half. The Houlka defense had some positive moments with Josh Clair putting the brakes on Coffeeville quarterback, Moody, and Vaccarrick Vance recovering a Pirate fumble and adding a sack on Moody in the fourth.
The Wildcats will take a short trip across the county line to take on the Vardaman Rams Friday. The Rams (0-4) are coming off a loss to Hamilton while the Wildcats have notched one win under thier belt so far.
“We’re going to keep encouraging them and try to turn this around,” Gentry said. “They really have the opportunity to be something special.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Carter Field.web hka foot