Wright City football drops fourth in a row

KICK RETURN — Wright City senior Nathan Womack returns a kickoff during the Wildcats’ 35-6 loss to North Callaway last Friday. Wright City will face Louisiana this week. Derrick Forsythe photo.
Derrick Forsythe
Staff Writer

Following a 3-0 start to the season, the Wright City football team is reeling after its fourth consecutive defeat. The latest setback came in the form of a 35-6 home loss to Eastern Missouri Conference foe North Callaway last Friday.

“Going into the game I felt it was probably the best game plan across the board that we had come up with all season,” said Sargent. “This time we just had so much trouble executing. Offensively, I couldn’t tell you how many times we didn’t do what we were supposed to. It wasn’t just one player but the entire team.”

The Wildcats managed just 188 yards and six first downs throughout the course of the game, as their visitors racked up 375 total yards, including 212 on the ground.

“I counted 30 missed tackles in the first half, which is not acceptable,” said Sargent. “We were tackling high and giving up extra yards.”

North Callaway found the end zone on three different occasions during the first quarter, going ahead 18-0 on a 17-yard pass and two 12-yard running plays. The Thunderbirds extended that advantage to 29-0 by halftime, also tacking on a 38-yard field goal.

“As coaches we’ll have to go back to the drawing board to figure out what we’re doing wrong,” said Sargent. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of inconsistencies and not just one area to focus on.”

Wright City finally put itself on the board in the third quarter when junior quarterback Hayden Beck found junior Ian Wolff on a 12-yard pass play.

“The fact is right now we are a very unreliable and inconsistent team,” said Sargent. “We can have two plays in a row where we look great but then give up a sack or a five-yard loss on a run play, because we miss a block. It becomes very frustrating.”

Beck finished 5 of 12 passing for 82 yards and found himself in a deficit in the running game. He connected with Wolff four times for 78 yards.

Senior Dalton Wiser led the Wildcats with 42 yards on 11 carries, while Jeremiah Davis added 20 yards on two touches.

“There are times when our offensive line has perfect protection or run blocking but it’s not a guarantee that our backs are going to hit the hole or that Hayden is going to get rid of the ball in time,” said Sargent. “Those are inconsistencies we’ve got to shore up.”

Defensively, senior Drake Myers led the way with seven solo tackles.

“Drake was the reason we got them into fourth down situations,” said Sargent. “Two plays in a row he came in and filled the gap to make tackles for no gain. He’s been an awesome player and is in on every play.”

Wright City anticipates a meeting this Friday against one-win Louisiana, which is coming off a gameless week due to quarantine. Sargent believes this provides an opportunity for the Wildcats to get back on track.

“Louisiana has struggled this season and recently been dealing with other challenges,” said Sargent. “They have players returning this week, but they may only have a couple days of practice, which could be an advantage for us.”


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