Wildcats dominate homecoming

Published 12:31 am Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Florala High School Wildcats dominated the Red Level Tigers 68-26, to take home a “W” for their homecoming.

The Tigers took control of the first couple minutes of the game by scoring two touchdowns, one on the first play of the game and the other on the second kick-off of the game.

Florala scored with 9:03 left in the first quarter when Logan West ran from the 11-yard line, but it was called back because of holding. The Wildcats were able to get in the end zone again that same drive after Vinson Flowers got the ball to the 2-yard line and then Jacob Hammac punched it in the end zone to tie the game 7-7.

On the next kickoff, Chance Russell caught the ball at the 20-yard line and ran it all the way back for a Tiger touchdown to go ahead 14-7.

Bad luck came the Wildcats way again after having another touchdown called back because of a holding call when Leroy Mitchell made his way to the end zone.

Florala managed to get the ball to the 7-yard line, but were backed up to the 21-yard line for a chop block penalty.

After turning over on downs, the Tigers were pinned on their own two-yard line and gave up a safety after Nealand Stone stopped the Red Level running back in the end zone to 14-9.

After receiving the ball from the safety kickoff, the Wildcats made their way down the field and Hammac made another touchdown run with 2:42 left in the first quarter to take the lead 17-14 after a successful two-point conversion pass to West.

Florala did not let up at the end of the first quarter after forcing a fumble from Red Level on their 15-yard line.

Flowers made his way to the end zone on the next play with 49 seconds left in the first quarter making it 24-14.

With 34 seconds left in the first quarter, Rashaad Coleman intercepted the ball on the Red Level 27 yard line.

The Wildcats were still holding strong at the beginning of the second quarter when Flowers got a great block from Shun White to get the ball to the end zone making it 32-14 after a successful two-point conversion from a fake field goal.

Bad luck for Florala happened again when another touchdown was called back for holding after White made a catch in the end zone.

The Tigers tried to move the ball down the field, but Mitchell forced a fumble and recovered it on the Red Level 10 yard line.

With four minutes left in the half, Hammac connected with Caleb Wood in the end zone making it 40-14 after another successful two-point conversion from a fake field goal.

The Wildcats did not show any signs of stopping the beat down when West caught the kickoff to get the ball right back.

With one minute left in the half, the Wildcats scored again when Hammac connected with West in the end zone making it 46-14 to end the half.

In the third quarter, Hammac connected with Wood again in the end zone to make the score 54-14.

Demarcus Johnson scored for the Tigers with 6:55 left in the third quarter to put the Wildcats 54-20, after Stone blocked the extra point.

The Wildcats broke the 60-point mark after recovering a fumble and Hammac ran into the end zone a few plays later.

With 10 seconds left in the third quarter, Russell put the Tigers last points on the board when he caught a pass in the end zone.

The Wildcats scored for the last time with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter when Coleman ran through the middle and into the end zone to end the game 68-26.

“We just wanted to play nasty football tonight,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “We’ve been beat up and beat on but now we are finally healthy.”

Mason said that focusing on the offensive line and defense was the key to winning this game.

“Defense played lights out tonight, man,” Mason said. “If we focus on that for next week and getting completely healthy then we will be good.”

Red Level head coach Kenny Skipper said that they have a lot to work on going into next week.

“We need to work on everything apparently,” Skipper said. “We found out tonight that apparently we weren’t ready. We played as a whole, as bad as you can possibly play four quarters of football. All we can do is look at the film, maybe make some personnel changes and go back to work on Monday.”

The Wildcats will travel to McKenzie next week and the Tigers will travel to Brantley next week to take on the Bulldogs.