Cats close regular season

The Wildcats knew where they were going when they headed to Smithville Nov. 8.
“We faced a tough opponent in Smithville and they did what we expected them to do,” said coach Adam Gentry. “They played physical and fundamental football.”
Despite a 33-8 loss to close out the regular season, Gentry had words of praise for his Wildcats (3-8, 2-6).
“I could not be more proud of these kids and the fight they have shown this season,” Gentry said.
The Wildcats lost an assistant coach to a battle with cancer last fall and changed head coaches at the beginning of the season this year, but stayed with the program, posting two division wins.
“We had a couple of guys fall off the wagon, but I really applaud the ones who stayed and put in the time and effort to help build this program and move it forward this season,” Gentry said. “We had a good group of seniors to help lead this team and even some underclassmen stood up and became leaders.”
The Seminoles controlled Friday’s game until the Wildcats completed a drive in the third quarter with James Buggs taking the ball in from two-yards out. Buggs got the conversion run as well to put the Wildcats on the board, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
“I think we played with a good effort out there Friday,” Gentry said. “We came out firing only to have our first TD called back. I think we did some good things and played really hard. We were just outmatched.”
The Seminoles (8-3, 6-2) will host Shaw in the first round of playoffs Friday.
The Wildcats season on the field may be over, but the work is still underway to build for next year.
“All we can do is get in the weight room and start back to work,” Gentry said. “I look forward to next season and the opportunity to compete on the field again.”Houlka wildcat ripoff