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Wildcats can't claw past Tornadoes

Published: 2:39 PM, 11/12/2012 Last updated: 2:45 PM, 11/12/2012

Author: Brandon Keys
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

After a week of chatter regard¬≠ing chippy playoff games, the Alcoa Tornadoes wanted to show the everyone they still know how to dominate. With a matchup against CAK potentially loom¬≠ing, Alcoa had to focus against a tough Sweetwater team. 

The loss of Eli Arwood combined with the Tornadoes offensive prowess, was too much for the Wildcats, however, as they fell 49-14.

The game started off well for the Wildcats on defense. Zach Neil had a sack and pushed Alcoa to a 3rd and 30 situation. Unfortunately, the next play was wiped off due to a pass interfer¬≠ence call and Alcoa took full advantage. 

The opening drive for the Tornadoes ended in a Yohana Koko touchdown run that net¬≠ted the score 7-0. 

After the third Wildcat three and out in the first quarter, Alcoa's Malik Love hauled in a pass from Peyton Wall for 55 yards to the house making the score 14-0. 

Wall started the sec¬≠ond quarter with a 7-yard run that put Alcoa up three scores, 21-0. 

The Wildcats didn't get to 8 wins in 2012 by chance though, and sure had some fight left in them.

In their first drive of the second quarter the Wildcats converted on three separate third down situations. Hunter Humphreys, who led the team in rushing on 11 carries for 41 yards, pulled in the first conversion on the drive on a screen pass. 

Next, a third and five was capitalized by Nick Wicker grabbing a nice catch in the middle of the field. Wicker had 6 catches for 84 yards. Andrew Barr converted the next and scored the Wildcats first touchdown of the game a play later. 

After a Garret Zickgraff extra point the Tornado lead was down to 21-7 with 4:09 to play in the half. 

Alcoa would grab the momentum right back the next play.

Mustafa Anthony ran the ensuing kickoff back to the Wildcat 25 yard line and two plays Jaquez Tyson rumbled through to give Alcoa a 28-7 lead at the half. 

The third quarter was scripted much like the first two. A Sweetwater drive that spanned five minutes was shut down inside the red zone after Braylon Young punched the ball lose from Humprheys. Tyson the scored on three plays later to make the score 35-7. 

With 1:19 to go in the third Tyson tacked his third score of the night on the board and the game was headed to the fourth, 42-7.

With 6:04 to play in the game, Humphreys rattled of a 20-yard burst to pay dirt, and Alcoa led 42-14. Israel Pate scored the last points of the game on a 14-yard run making the final score 49-14.

Alcoa racked up 420 yards of total offense compared to the Wildcat's 140 yards. 

The defense though was still imposing at times. Neil had two sacks, and Cameron Gains added another. Trevor Richesin was a monster in the middle, and had some help from Jarren Tupeinen, Eli Blomstrom, Jordan McGauhey as well. 

The Wildcats finish the year at 8-4, but after a county title, and a home playoff win, this team has a lot to be proud of when they look back at 2012.

The loss of Arwood cannot be overstated in this game. The Wildcats missed his crushing runs and hid physical play on defense. Humphreys and McGaughey certainly did their best Arwood impressons as they took on line¬≠backers and barrled through tackles to try and gain momentum in the running game. 

This just wasn't the night to mess with Alcoa.

The Tornadoes were coming off a week where they felt lke they had been disrespected by the state. Gary Rankin's guys set out to prove a point and they did. 

The Wildcats will now enter an off-season that will determine who, and where they'll have district play. Before that decison comes down, they'll enjoy looking back on an excitng 2012 season.  

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