PDT Sports Contributor
FRANKLIN FURNACE – In the game of football, a great defensive performance will fuel a team to victory more often than not.
The Waterford Wildcats were able to do just that by forcing six turnovers, which allowed the Wildcat offense to score 28 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 44-6 victory to improve to 2-5 on the season.
Waterford received the ball to start the game and marched down the field, scoring on a Austin Lang 8-yard tote to cap off a 5-play, 62-yard drive that took 2:23 off the first quarter clock. Lang would also punch in the ensuing two-point conversation to give the Wildcats an 8-0 lead with 9:37 left to play in the first quarter.
Both teams would take turns trading possessions throughout the rest of the first quarter and the vast majority of the second until Waterford went on a 7-play, 63-yard drive that was capped off when Dalton Ball brought down a pass from Issac Huffman in the end zone to give the Wildcats a 16-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Green would strike first in the third quarter when Levi Mollett took the carry off the right side and cut it back toward the middle of the field to score on a 20-yard run to close the Waterford lead to 16-6.
However, that would be as close as the Bobcats would get as Huffman found a wide-open Brendan Dailey for a 62-yard touchdown strike right down the middle of the field to put Waterford up by a score of 24-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, Green’s Wyatt Blevins fumbled the football and the Wildcats jumped on top of it to end the third quarter. Jaret McCutcheon finished off a six-play, 60-yard drive with a two-yard plunge of his own to put the game out of reach.
Jaret’s younger brother and fellow running mate Tyler McCutcheon caped off the scoring by adding a 35-yard touchdown run of his own with 7:34 left in the ball game.
The 28 unanswered points scored by Waterford in the second half alone bested their season total of 26 points. Waterford’s previous season high came in the Wildcats’ season-opener against the Miller Falcons, where they eked out a 20-12 victory at home.
Green was led by Mollett, who ran for 109 yards on 18 carries and added the only score for the Bobcats on the aforementioned 20-yard tote.
The Bobcats fall to 1-6 on the year and will get back to conference play next Friday as Notre Dame comes to town in what will be a battle between two SOC I foes. Waterford will travel to Racine Southern to resume their conference slate.
Waterford 8 8 14 14 - 44
Green 0 0 6 0 - 6
W – Lang 8 run (Dailey pass from Huffman) 9:40
W – Ball 5 pass from Huffman (Huffman run):58
W – Lang 1 run (Dailey pass from Huffman) 5:24
G – Mollett 20 run (pass failed) 1:07
W – Dailey 62 pass from Huffman (run failed) :07
W – J. McCutcheon 2 run (Malec kick) 8:42
W – T. McCutcheon 35 run (Malec kick) 7:34
Rushing: Waterford – Lang 18-122, J. McCutcheon 8-99, T. McCutcheon 7-50, McGraw 5-24, Huffman 2 (-1); Green – Mollett 18-109, Allen 2-16, Applegate 3-1.
Passing: Waterford – Huffman 9-14-0 185, J. McCutcheon 0-1-1 0; Green – Applegate 5-11-1 44.
Receiving: Waterford – Dailey 1-62, Ball 3-29, J. McCutcheon 1-26, Lang 2-17, T. McCutcheon 1-16, Brooker 1-6, Tornes 1-0; Green – Chavarria 2-19, Mollett 2-16, Marcum 1-9.