Big Cats and Little Cats Take on Warriors
Another beautiful day and night for Wampus Cat football despite the ever-looming uncertainty of the events that shocked the world. We all must carry on, and we all shall.
The Kootenai Warriors and company traveled to Clark Fork on Friday the 21st for both varsity and junior varsity games. The JV teams took the field and played a very fun and organized game. Clark Fork took a really early lead and never stopped adding to it. The halftime score was 18 to 6.
Brian Young was a big part of that, running the ball with great success. Kyle Ruen at the quarterback spot took some tough hits but kept getting up. He’s gonna be a great leader for years to come, both on and off the field for the Cats. Zack Palmer and Ryan Miller also contributed a lot of good effort on the ground, with each of them scoring touchdowns. Palmer’s was the longer run and longest of either teams, going 80 yards down the sideline.
It was Young’s three touchdowns, however, that were likely the most impressive, with almost all three coming from a determination to make everyone from the Warriors try to tackle him. His second effort allowed him to run over and shake off all tacklers. Great legs, Brian.
Tallest of all the ‘Cats, Tyler Broggi got two touchdowns himself. At 5’11” he looks like a giant out there. He had what looked like a foot advantage over the Warrior defenders, and used that size to his advantage.
Kootenai kept great composure and scored two more touchdowns to make the score Wampus Cats 44, Warriors 26. Good job Cats on picking up your first win of the season.
Then the Varsity team took the field one hour later under the lights. Upon entering the gates at the field we could hear the National Anthem first coming to a close. When we got closer to the field I could see Mary Pearson at mid-field, holding our American flag. No sooner had I thought, “Hey, that’s Mary,” when a gentleman’s voice began to sing “God Bless America.” I stopped at the bleachers with everyone else, hand on hearts, watching Mary hold that great honor. For just one second, I told myself, “Don’t let it out.”
I knew not to listen to myself, and I believe I wasn’t the only man at this game with tears in his eyes. At some times, we all must weep and share it with each other.
The superb rendering of God Bless America came from David Walker, son of former Clark Fork principal Harold Walker. It touched us all and made it a lot easier to enjoy this event, and for me to take my mind off real-world events while I watched this one.
Kootenai kicked off, and the game was under way. Clark Fork went three and out, and punted to the Warriors.
The Warriors started almost every posession that night in Cat territory. The first posession went right into the end zone to strike first taking five minutes off the clock. Two false starts by the Cats offense in the next drive looked like it would stop any answer to the Warrior’s defense.
A 40 yard out pattern from Cats quarterback Tim Young to Russ Warner changed all that. Two plays later, Young would keep it and score to the right. Tied at eight, the next Warrior drive wouldn’t pay off for Kootenai.
The Cats would score next and take their first lead of the game on a fourth down lob into the end zone. A Kootenai player tried to beat it down, but instead there was Allen Potter to catch the spike for a touchdown.
The Warriors took only three plays on their next touch to get it back to a tie game. The ensuing kick-off was a 60 yard return for a touchdown by Allen Potter. Only ten seconds off the clock and the Cats lead again.
Kootenai did tie it up again at 20, but with 55 seconds left in the half, Cats QB Tim Young found Russ Warner again. This time it was for 83 yards, leaving the Cats with a 26-20 halftime score.
Kootenai only spent half of the break in the locker room, and the other half getting ready for the third quarter. That might have been the key to this game. The Warriors scored first and took Clark Fork’s next possesion, a punt, 58 yards for their second touchdown in five minutes. Warriors 34, Cats 26.
Clark Fork’s offensive line couldn’t keep the Warriors contained to allow Young some time to throw. After a 20 yard sack, the Cats would punt.
An unsportsmanlike conduct call would help Kootenai get down the field, and eventually in the end zone.
Young and Warner would hook up a couple more times in the game, but it was Allen Potter that would come through for the Cats with two touchdown runs in the last two minutes of the fourth.
Kootenai won this game 50 to 40, but the Cats played well through the battle. Tim Young passed for more than 300 yards. On five receptions, Russ Warner gained 23 yards and Allen Potter went in four times for touchdowns. It won’t take long for this young group to click on all cylinders if this team stays healthy.
We’re all proud of the Cats and the staff’s strong efforts to represent this fine town of ours. Keep up the Wampus Cat spirit- you’re a fine team.