COALGATE — The Wildcats welcomed an outmanned Marietta Indians team to Donald Mike Mayer Field for the Wildcat Senior Night contest.
The hosts took advantage of the matchup and put together a solid, all-around effort to blow by the Indians 48-14.
Coalgate secured second place in 2A-8, improving to 9-1 and finishing 6-1 in District 2A-8. Marietta finished the season 3-7 and 1-6. The Wildcats will host Lexington (6-4) in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Coalgate got the scoring started on its second possession of the game, driving 70 yards in 10 plays, ending when Blade Horton scored on a 1-yard run. Trevin Loudermilk added the PAT to put CHS up 7-0 with 3:59 remaining in the opening quarter.
In the second period, the Wildcats mauled the Indians, scoring four different ways.
The combination of quarterback Austin Lambert and receiver Auston Crank got the action started. They paired up for a 15-yard touchdown and following the Loudermilk kick, CHS led 14-0 with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter.
The next score came when Blade Horton took the handoff in from three yards out. Another Loudermilk kick made it 21-0 with 4:39 before the half.
The Wildcat defense found the end zone next when Stetson Delozier picked up an Indian fumble, and the big man rumbled 36 yards for the score. Loudermilk added the PAT, putting CHS up 28-0 with 3:04 in the second quarter.
On the very next offensive play for Marietta, Matt Grant stepped in front of a Carlos Whibbey pass, and the Alaskan native raced 46 yards for the fifth Wildcat score of the contest. The Loudermilk kick put the home team up 35-0 with 2:47 before the half.
The show was not over for the Wildcat faithful, as Tyler Lambert found his second interception in as many weeks after Delozier deflected a Whibbey pass. It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to find the end zone again, as Lambert found Crank with a 17-yard strike.
The Wildcats led 42-0 with :38 remaining in the first half.
Coalgate received the kickoff to begin the second half and continued the momentum. After a sack forced the hosts into 2nd-and-long, Lambert found Haydn Vick for a 22-yard completion to extend the drive.
Two plays later, Horton took a Lambert screen pass 22 yards for the final Coalgate score of the night that pushed the CHS advantage to 48-0.
On the ensuing drive, the Indians were able to find momentum against the Wildcat reserves. They drove 52 yards over five plays, ending with a 9-yard reception by Kile Ing. Javier Serrano added the two-point conversion to make the score 48-8 with 6:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The Wildcat reserves were unable to gain traction offensively, and the hosts punted for the first time in the contest. Marietta again was able to find the end zone when Whibbey ended a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 6-yard TD rush that made the score 48-14 with 6:22 left in the game.
Austin Lambert completed 8-of-13 passes for 139 yards. His top target was Crank, who had three grabs for 50 yards.
Horton rushed for 164 yards on 22 carries.
Kingston Sam had a team-high seven tackles for the Wildcats.