By Antonio Morales
After knocking off their first two district opponents by a combined score of 117-18, the Wildcats are poised to continue their march toward the District 1-2A Division II title tonight against Boys Ranch.
Coming off a 2-7 season, the Boys Ranch Roughriders have yet to feel the taste of victory this year, and they’ll have their hands full trying to contain Canadian’s well-tuned offense. The Wildcat offense plans on scoring early and often, having piled up at least 500 yards in their last three outings.
After a respectable start to the campaign, the Boys Ranch defense has given up 44 and 47 points in their last two contests. Unlike the last few Wildcat opponents, the Rough Riders don’t give many different looks on defense but they do possess a versatile secondary.
Wildcat receivers will have to fight for open space, as they try to continue their recent dominance. Braiden Galla leads Canadian with 607 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 39 catches, while Boston Hudson has 587 yards and seven scores on 33 receptions. Sawyer Cook has piled up 369 yards and three scores on 30 catches, while running back Chance Cook has contributed to the pass game with 301 receiving yards and two scores.
While the Wildcats should be able to take care of business on senior night tomorrow at Wildcat Stadium, Boys Ranch has some weapons that the Cats should keep their eye on. They are lead by a strong nucleus of receivers featuring Rod Jones, Andrew Finch and 6-3, 205-pound playmaker Trey Bell.
“They probably have as good as athletes as anyone in district,” said Wildcat head coach Chris Koetting. “They got some guys that can go score on you in a hurry.”
The Boys Ranch option-attack will keep the Wildcat defense on their toes, as they like to mix it up evenly between running and passing.
“They’re pretty balanced in what they do,” said Koetting.
After dealing with three straight run-heavy offenses, the Wildcats must pay more attention to the Boys Ranch aerial attack. Although they’re not faced with a potent run game, the Wildcats are hoping to continue their defensive intensity that has held their last two opponents to 19 total points.
As if the Cats needed more motivation to gear up for the Roughriders, they’ll be determined to send their senior class out in style.
“It’s a big game because it’s the last time out seniors get to play here,” said Koetting. “We have to play well for them. They’ve been great leaders on and off the field.”
The 7-1 Wildcats have plenty of incentives to come out firing, as they host the 0-6 Roughriders tonight at 7:30 pm.