Wildcats dispatch Clopton with fourth-quarter rally

By: 
Derrick Forsythe
Staff Writer

Wright City Football Coach Jeff Sargent witnessed much of what he had anticipated play out during the season opener last Friday. The Wildcats showcased depth and a wealth of new talent en route to dispatching Clopton 41-21 in a road victory.

“We played so many young guys, it took a while for them to get their feet under them,” said Sargent. “Once that happened, we were able to do some really good things and shut them down both offensively and defensively.”

The two opponents were gridlocked 14-14 at halftime, but the final two quarters — especially the fourth period — belonged to the Wildcats. During that time Wright City outscored its host 21-7, on the heels of the running ability of quarterback Hayden Beck and Jeremiah Davis, who each broke loose for 30-yard touchdowns.

Beck presented a challenge both through the air and with his running ability, racing for a game-high 126 yards on eight carries. He finished 9 of 17 passing for 85 yards, connecting with six different receivers.

“He’s gotten so much faster, which is an avenue of his game he didn’t have the previous two years. He’s not just a threat to throw for a touchdown every snap but also a threat to run. The offense has definitely rallied around him.”

The Wildcats struck first when Beck found Ian Wolff on a 21-yard scoring pass to open the game, providing a promising outlook in the deep receiving department.

“That play was pretty crazy,” recalled Sargent. “Hayden had a guy wrapped around his legs, threw to Ian, who outjumped the cornerback and tipped it to himself, catching it in the end zone. It was just a great play on both ends.”

Wolff finished with 50 yards on three catches, along with seven assisted tackles on defense.

“Ian had a great game,” said Sargent. “I’m glad to see him back with the program. I’m really happy he chose to come back with us this year, because he’s a big piece for us.”

While the passing game was effective, the Wildcats also found success on the ground. Dalton Wiser finished with 90 yards on 16 carries.

“Dalton probably had the biggest game of anyone” said Sargent. “He complimented Hayden really well.”

Wiser’s one-yard touchdown run during the third quarter put Wright City ahead, opening the gates to a fourth-period scoring barrage.

“We’ve got a lot of good players to build around,” said Sargent. “Jake Smith, probably our best receiver was cramping and could barely walk in second half. We made some adjustments when he went out and were able to pull away.”

Davis finished with 60 yards on nine carries, while Michael Hicks had 19 yards on two catches.

Defensively, Demetrice Le Noir had six tackles and seven assisted, while Drake Meyers recorded four solo takedowns.

The Wildcats held Clopton to just 96 yards on the ground.

This Friday at 7 p.m. Wright City will host Bishop Ward of Kansas City, Kan., who replaces originally scheduled Van-Far. The Indians were forced to cancel due to team quarantine.

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