Nora Jameson
Wildcat senior Logan Rosentrater escapes the reach of Leyton’s Drew Haley, before making it to the end zone for a Wallace touchdown.

Wallace takes Leyton 75-18 for first win

A long bus ride west didn’t seem to effect the Wildcats as they arrived in Dalton ready to play an action packed game against Leyton. The Warriors started the game off with a short kick to the Wallace 35-yard line where Nathan Ogier abruptly fell on the ball to give the Cats a first-and-10 near mid field.

Wallace wasted no time getting on the board; on the first offensive play, QB Jared Sullivan went deep to Micah Swedberg for a 45-yard catch and run touchdown. Sullivan ran the ball for the 2-point conversion and with the clock reading 11:51, Wallace was up 8-0.

The Wildcat defense made a statement with their opening appearance as well. They held the Warriors to two yards and forced them to punt on fourth down. 

Wallace started their second drive on their own 18-yard line and went with their running game to move the ball down the field. Sullivan, Swedberg and Logan Rosentrater, with the aid of some great blocking, moved the ball to Leyton’s 5-yard line. It was there that Sullivan capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. A QB keeper up the middle gave the Cats a 16-0 lead with 8:38 remaining in the opening quarter.

Leyton was quick to respond. A 21-yard return on the kickoff allowed the Warriors to start the drive on the Wildcat 35-yard line. A completed pass across the middle followed by a long run, gave Leyton a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. The Warriors ran the ball for a touchdown but the PAT attempt was blocked by Rosentrater so the scoreboard read 16-6.

The Wildcats ended up scoring on every possession of the first quarter. Their third possession was a mixture of run and pass and it ended with Rosentrater running up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown run. He carried the ball for the extra 2 points to give the Wildcats a 24-6 lead.

The Warriors went 4-and-out and had to punt and it looked as if Swedberg returned the punt for a TD but a penalty flag brought the ball back to the Wallace 21. 

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