By Emily Gillentine,
Overton County Jr. Wildcats football team faced their first loss of the season against Avery Trace Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 9.
The Jr. Wildcats had previously been undefeated after their wins against Crossville and Algood Middle School. After these wins, the team was unable to play for two weeks due to COVID-19.
Assistant coach Chase Looper shared, “We’ve had two weeks off due to Covid. We’ve not been able to practice much and I think we were just kind of knocking the dust off a little bit.”
Some players who stood out in this week’s game were Kaden Weitzel, Kyle Masongale, and Adrien Jenkins.
Avery Trace scored two touchdowns in the first half. The Jr. Wildcats fought back and were successful in gaining a touchdown right before halftime. After halftime, Avery Trace recovered an onside kick, changing the momentum of the game. The Jr. Wildcats made a stop and were able to score another touchdown, making the score 12-14.
In the fourth quarter, both teams played strong defense, preventing each other from getting another touchdown. The Jr. Wildcats’ touchdowns were scored by Rocco Carwile and Kaden Weitzel.
“We win as a family and lose as a family. It’s a tough loss, but we have to take it and learn from it. I’m really proud of the boys. They showed effort throughout the game until the final whistle blew,” Coach Looper stated.
The team will play at York tonight, Tuesday Sept. 14 and later in the week Thursday, Sept. 16 against Stone Memorial.