Last Thursday, the Wildcat football team struggled to get out of the gates against the Mendon Hornets. A rocky start offensively and some breakdowns in assignments defensively resulted in a 27-0 deficit at halftime.
After a few “words of encouragement” at halftime, from Coach Wenzel and Coach Dimos, the team responded in their opening possession by marching the ball 75 yards down the field. Igor Zinyak scored on a three yard wedge play that was led by great line blocking of Gore, Roberts, Leisure, Whitcomb, Davis, Holliday and Schubert.
After the kickoff, Mendon broke through several would-be tacklers to make the score 33-6. Again, the Wildcats responded by marching the ball down the field on an 80-yard drive which was capped off by a Jack Harter quarterback bootleg for a 13-yard touchdown run. The defense held strong as long as they could, but the Hornets found the end zone one more time to close out the game.
The Wildcats dropped the contest by a score of 43-12. The ground attack of Macut, Kanamugire, and Zinyak churned out 220 yards of offense, much of which was earned in the 2nd half. If the team plays the next contests with as much “intestinal fortitude” as they showed in the 2nd half, the team should be able to secure victories over their upcoming opponents. The Cadet Wildcat football team will be back in action at home on September 24th vs. Elkhart Christian. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. Support the Cadets in their quest for another home victory!