By Riley Hicks
Just after crowning the 2017 Whitewater King and Queen, the Whitewater Wildcats started the second half by stopping any chance for Morrow to come back in the game. After a fumble recovery on the kickoff from Ray Adavion, Whitewater went on offense and scored quick on an 18-yard screen pass to Nolan Wallace. This then put the Wildcats in the driver’s seat to close out the game.
Following one of its best passing games, the Wildcats (4-2) pulled out the victory Friday against the Morrow Mustangs (3-3) by a score of 42-26.
“I was proud of our defense and how they stepped up,” said Whitewater head coach Bryan Holley. “Outstanding job running and throwing the football. I could not be more proud of our players.”
On a night that saw the Wildcats seemingly score on most of their offensive possessions, the Mustangs tried to stay in the game but fell apart in the second half. Whitewater jumped out to an early lead of 15-0, after finding the end zone on its first two possessions. Maddox Mueller first found Nolan Wallace on a 60-yard receiving touchdown, then Kyris Barnett burst up the middle for the Wildcats second touchdown, while Mueller scored the two-point conversion.
The Mustangs, who needed to find their way back in the game, answered on a 14-yard fade pass to Jimmy Calloway to draw the lead to 15-7. The next offensive possession for Whitewater caused for its only take way, when Miles Montgomery fumbled the ball and Alfred Jackson took it to the end zone to put Morrow behind by one.
This followed with Whitewater and Morrow trading blows again by scoring back-to-back. The first came from a 16-yard pass from Mueller to Hunter Williams. Quarterback Kristopher Clark answered that score with a keeper for 18-yards, but the extra point was blocked, which made Morrow trail 22-20.
The Wildcats put together one final drive before the half, which ended on a 10-yard pass to Jamal Jenkins, who caught it on the left corner of the end zone, and this closed the half 29-20.
Whitewater’s defense came alive in the second half after allowing Morrow to throw for 118-yards in the first half. The Mustangs’ only score came on a fourth-down play when Calloway caught a 33-yard pass. The defense held the Mustangs to 139 rushing yards and 216-yards receiving.
After scoring on the screen pass to start the second half, Whitewater strung together one final offensive drive, and scored when Montgomery broke two tackles and took it to the house. This extended the lead, while also making the final score 42-26.
Whitewater finished the night with 157 passing yards on ten attempts, and saw a host of Wildcats run the ball rushing for 286 yards.
“I have to thank my offensive line. They just held their blocks and game me a great pocket to throw in,” Mueller said following his strong passing night.
Whitewater next week heads to Starr’s Mill, who is coming off its first loss of the season. Kickoff is Friday at 7:30 p.m.