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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.