The Flint River Wildcats opened up their season with a road win over the favored Gatewood Gators. Under new Head Coach Jason Carrera, the Wildcats look to bounce back from a 2-8 2011 season and started off on the right foot by winning, 27-23.
The Wildcat defense was stifling, allowing only six first downs, three of which were by way of penalty. The scoring started in the second quarter with Gatewood capitalizing on a Flint River turnover and taking a 6-0 lead. The Wildcats responded with a touchdown drive of their own, with Caleb Harker scoring one of his two rushing touchdowns. Patrick McGinn gave the Wildcats a one-point lead with the extra point. A half-ending field goal gave Gatewood a 9-7 lead.
After scoring on the opening drive of the second half, Kyle Dufresne returned a Gatewood fumble for a touchdown, bringing the score to 21-9. Gatewood answered with two touchdowns of their own, bringing the score to 21-23 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Wildcats started the 4th quarter deep in Gator territory and scored the go-ahead touchdown, retaking the lead, 27-23. Flint River’s unrelenting defense kept Gatewood from scoring for the remainder of the game.
Offensively, Seth Short completed 11 of 19 passes for 114 yards. The Wildcats’ leading receiver was Caleb Harker ,snaring 5 passes for 70 yards. Will Couch had a good day running the ball with 22 carries and 73 rushing yards. The Wildcat defensive line was anchored by senior Skyler Young who had 3.5 tackles.
The Wildcats are 1-0 and will travel to Newnan next week to battle the Heritage Hawks.