A preseason warmup left McIntosh and Whitewater with encouraging moments for the year ahead. The Chiefs pulled ahead late in an exciting first half before holding on for a 20-14 win.
McIntosh’s offense was clicking right out of the gates. Hunter Best hit Taylor Casterline perfectly in stride on a 42-yard catch and run. Parker Romo capped off the drive by booming a 35-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Chief defense set up the second score of the night, as a high snap sailed over the Wildcat quarterback’s head. Douglas Thomas pounced on it at the five yard line, putting his team in prime scoring position. Hunter Best punched it in from two yards out, and Jake Donaldson added the extra point for a 10-0 lead.
Whitewater’s offense kicked into gear on the next series. On the first play, Ian McIntyre sliced around left tackle and up the sideline for 33 yards. Nic Watson then hit Luke Allen for 22 yards down to just short of the end zone. McIntyre plunged in from two yards out, and a Liam Voight extra point cut the deficit to 10-7 early in the second quarter.
The Wildcats kept the momentum going as Stone Kasten hit a diving Matthew Henderson for a spectacular 25-yard pass. McIntytre plowed through the defense for a five-yard touchdown and a 14-10 lead.
McIntosh moved the ball well on their next possession, Best hitting Bradley Ector and Lee Fincher for a pair of big completions. The drive stalled, but left Whitewater pinned deep in their own territory. The Chiefs fell on another high snap, this time it was Daniel King setting us his team on the one yard line. Best kept the ball on an option read, taking it in for his second rushing score, putting his team ahead 17-14 late in the first half.
The Chiefs added another field goal in the second half as both defenses stepped up in a 20-14 finish.
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