Wildcats may pose bigger threat to Jefferson than expected


Most high school football teams are searching for  a 7-3 record which usually secures a playoff berth. Ironically the Wildcats of Westminster are 5-6 on the year, yet they are entering into the second round of the playoffs. However, Westminster usually makes an appearance in the postseason but boasts a better record when they do.

Last season WHS went 5-6 in regular season play and defeated Callaway High School before falling to Dublin in the second round. Therefore, despite their record, the Wildcats have proven that once the playoffs are in session they can play their best football.

Jefferson, on the other hand, has been completely opposite in recent years. The Dragons went 8-3 last year and took an early exit from the playoffs in the first round by the hands of Calhoun High School. In 2008 and 2009, JHS went undefeated in region play and fell in the second round of the playoffs. Their route isn’t necessarily easier but the Dragons look to have a more reasonable path to the Dome this year.

Against Kendrick High School, the defense had a stellar night as many contributed to shutting down every facet of the Cherokees offense. Wesley Simonton led the pack with 16 tackles and two tackles for loss. Kody McDonald followed with 13 tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass break up. The defense as a whole held Kendrick to just 134 yards total on the night. Trent Sorrells, Austin Mixon and Hanon added eight tackles.

The Jefferson offense showed all of its versatility as four players saw the end zone against Kendrick. Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 79 yards. Sammy Williams, Tristen Jackson, Donnie Hatfield and Dalton Hill all contributed to the 42 points scored.

JHS can certainly find guys to produce in every game so the Wildcats will need a pretty hefty game plan. It seems like no matter who gets the ball, the Dragons are going to score or get into field goal position, which is a pretty potent skill to have.