Nora Jameson
Senior Jared Sullivan tucks the ball and runs out of reach of Paxton’s Bennett Perlinger.

Wallace Wildcats fall short to Tigers

Wallace made the short trip west to take on the Paxton Tigers last Friday night. 

The game got underway with Wallace kicking off to the Tigers. A solid tackle by kicker Micah Swedberg caused Paxton to start their opening drive at their 17-yard line. 

Nate Manary, Logan Rosentrater and Jared Sullivan had some big hits and helped put Paxton in a fourth-and-7 situation at the 9-yard line. The Tigers prevailed however for the first TD of the game. The PAT split the uprights to give Paxton a 7-0 lead.

Wallace was unable to get a first down on their first offensive possession and had to punt the ball. The Tigers only needed two plays to put 6 more points on the board with a 42-yard touchdown run. An incomplete pass on the 2-point conversion kept the scoreboard at 13-0.

Turnovers were costly for the Wildcats throughout the game. Wallace was facing a second-and-9 at their own 18-yard line when a pass was intercepted.

The Tigers had a short field and only needed four plays to put up another touchdown. Following the successful 2-point conversion and the kickoff, Swedberg lost his grip on the return and Paxton came up with another turnover. 

Two plays later they added 6 more points to increase their lead to 27-0.

On the first play of their next possession, Paxton snagged another interception. It only took 15 seconds, one pass play and a successful PAT to increase their score by 7 points.

Hadley Johnson and Rosentrater each had key receptions from Sullivan. The drive was capped off when Sullivan, facing a third-and-20 at the Tigers 24-yard line, was scrambling and found a seam for a 24-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion came up short so with 1 second left in the quarter the scoreboard read 34-6.

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