Wildcats get off to hot start in win over Tishomingo

Coalgate defenders Auston Crank (24) and Blade Horton (4) team up to bring down a Tishomingo ball carrier during a Week 9 49-13 road win over the Indians. The Wildcats host Marietta Friday night at Donald Mike Mayer Field.

TISHOMINGO — Coalgate quickly put host Tishomingo away with 21 points in the first quarter and coasted past the Indians 49-13 in a Week 9 matchup Friday night.

Coalgate improved to 8-1 overall and secured second place in District 2A-8 with a 5-1 mark. Tishomingo dropped to 3-6 and 1-5.

Isaac Adcock returned the first punt of the game 48 yards to the THS 7-yard line. Then, on the first offensive play for the Wildcats, Blade Horton walked into the end zone and the Trevin Loudermilk kick put the visitors up 7-0 with 10:15 remaining in the first quarter.

On the ensuing drive, the Indians went 48 yards in 11 plays to the CHS 27, before an incompletion on fourth down put the ball back in Coalgate hands.

The locals went right back to work offensively. Anchored by a 32-yard reception by Tyler Lambert, the Wildcats drove 73 yards in eight plays. Horton took a fourth-down screen pass by quarterback Austin Lambert into the end zone from 11 yards out. Loudermilk added the kick, and CHS led 14-0 with 2:54 remaining in the first quarter.

The next drive by Tish ended when Stetson Delozier snagged a Matt Justus pass and rumbled for a 12-yard interception return to the THS 26. Austin Lambert found Tyler Lambert out of the backfield, and the receiver made some nifty moves to make multiple THS defenders miss before stretching the ball across the goal line. Following the Loudermilk kick, CHS led 21-0 with 1:47 left in the opening period.

After the Loudermilk kick forced a touchback, the Indians made a switch to freshman signal-caller Nick Northcutt. The hosts drove to midfield, but the Wildcat defense stepped up, forcing a punt attempt.

Punter Birch Wood mishandled the snap before falling on the ball and setting Coalgate up at the THS 46.

The Wildcats continued their offensive show, needing only eight plays to score. The drive was capped with a 4-yard touchdown scamper by Horton, and another Loudermilk kick put CHS up 28-0 with 8:50 remaining in the second quarter.

Under heavy pressure from CHS defender Brandon Vandewalker, a Northcutt pass was deflected high in the air by Horton. It fell into the waiting arms of Tyler Lambert for an interception.

The Wildcats were set up at the THS 33-yard line. A quick pass from Austin Lambert to Horton went for 23 yards. Horton then motored to paydirt with a 10-yard TD run, and the Wildcats, lead ballooned to 35-0 with eight minutes remaining in the second period.

Horton later scored on a nice 58-yard catch and run to boost the CHS advantage to 42-0 with 5:52 still on the second-quarter clock.

Tish started the following drive on their 36-yard line and — aided by two Wildcat penalties — the Indians drove to the CHS 2.

A bad snap was fallen on by Northcutt, pushing THS back to the CHS 15. That scoring threat ended when Horton picked off a Northcutt pass and returned it 34 yards.

As time expired in the first half, Austin Lambert found a wide open Tyler Lambert for a 52-yard touchdown. The PAT kick extended the Wildcat lead to 49-0 at halftime.

The Wildcats started the second half from their 20-yard line with a platoon of reserves on the offensive side of the ball. Gavin Blue kept the read option on the first play, rushing to the 30-yard line before being stripped. The Indians would recover the ball at the CHS 30.

The hosts were able to find offensive traction, taking eight plays to drive 30 yards, ending with a 9-yard pass from Northcutt to Nick Wilson. After the PAT attempt failed, the Wildcats were still leading 49-6 with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter.

A long catch and run by Tishomingo’s Trey DeLeon set up the final score of the game, a 2-yard TD run by Pennington May. Sebastian Kiebert nailed the PAT kick, and the score was 49-13 with just 1:49 left in the game.

Coalgate hosts Marietta in Week 10 at Donald Mike Mayer Field.