Season Home Finale
October 12, 2011 • Trent Madsen, Sports Editor
Filed under Activities and Athletics
The seniors on the Woods Cross High School Football team mad a statement Friday night in a 39-0 win in their last home game wearing a Wildcat jersey. The seniors were congratulated by their parents, coaches, and fans prior to kickoff. It was senior night and I couldn’t have gone any better for those who will be graduating this year. With the bitter cold and breezy conditions, Woods Cross played to win and kept the score board keeper busy by putting up big numbers.
For 20 seniors it was their last chance to play on their home field. Some described it as a bitter-sweet moment because they knew how much work they had put in to get to this point. All that work paid off as right from the beginning the Cats ran away with the game.
There was not one moment when the cats did not control the game.
Justin Ward put Woods Cross ahead 3-0 in the first quarter with a 39 yard field goal, his longest of the season. Ward also put four PATs through the uprights.
The Cats put the pedal down in the 3 remaining quarters, scoring 15 in the second quarter. Sean Barton scored a 1 yard run, followed by a touchdown pass from Skyler Farnes on the next drive. Farnes finished throwing 20-29 for 266 yards. Nick Sefakis caught his eighth touchdown pass of the season in the final quarter. The final scoring play of the game came from Jr. Vailolo on a seven yard run.
The Cats finished 3-1 at home with wins coming over Bonneville, Cyprus and Clearfield.
On senior night 20 players were congratulated for the participation on the team, many for all three years of high school. The senior included: Kristian Mask, Justin Ward, Colby Papenfuss, Austin Putnum, Tonga Lavulo, Austin Cottam, Nicholas Castillo, Andres Rodriguez, Pele Lokeni, Takaetali Maka, Cameron Easton, James Loftis, Atakeli Ahhoy, Dale Parsons, Kiefer Hammer, John Wayne Mausia, Zachary Twitchell, Alex Gonzales, Adam Donovan and Nicholas Sefakis.
Now that the Cats pulled their region record even it is time to end the season with a winning record, and there is no better way to do that than by beating cross town rival, Bountiful High School. Woods Cross- Bountiful is known as one of the intense rivalries in the state, and nothing short of that is expected Friday night.
The Braves sit on a record of 4-4, that equivalent to the Wildcats. They have key wins over Mountain View and Highland, but have embarrassing defeats against the undefeated teams of East and Lone Peak. Their other losses came to the explosive offense at Logan which has not been slowed by anyone, and Viewmont, who is a common opponent.
With one of the most difficult schedules in the state, Bountiful has been able to stay afloat after a couple of striking defeats. The Cats know they have played tough teams, and their record does not show how good they have played this season.
Led by Jakob Hunt on the offensive side of the ball, it will be the cats goal to shut down Hunt and the rest of the Braves rushing attack. Cam Zollinger, Braves starting quarterback, has been error prone all season throwing five interceptions to seven touchdown throws. If the Cats put pressure on Zollinger, and force the Braves to throw then Bountiful’s offense will stall. The secondary of the Wildcats is strong and will cause problems for the passing game, but only if the run game is shut down on the line.
The Cats offense is coming off one of its best games of the season scoring 39 points. The load will be put upon Skyler Franes, Sean Barton, and Nick Sefakis to continue the success. Bountiful’s strength lays on the defense. Farns must stay composed against a talented secondary that has recorded 12 interceptions this season, and 8.5 sacks.
The time is now for the Cats to defeat the Braves. No current student was alive when the last time the Cats defeated Bountiful. It was 21 years ago that Woods Cross came out on top. Kitt Rawlings rallied the Cats to beat the Braves in 1989, 28-21. The team needs the support of the student body, so every single student needs to be there. Show the Braves up on theirs home field and wish all of the football players good luck.
Good luck to the team, and come home with a new streak, the beginning of the Woods Cross football winning streak.