By Payton Shays
The Wildcat football team grabbed their first win of the season in an exciting game against the Crestview Cougars.The Cats caged the Cougars with a final score of 46-34. The first touchdown of the game for the Cats came early in the first quarter after an interception by Derek Phillips to get to the eight-yard line. Josh Hamilton then threw a pass into the end zone to Spencer Cole to start the game off 6-0. New London went for a two-point conversion but was sacked just outside the end zone. After a failed attempt to score from Crestview, Joe Sowder had a 63-yard kick off return to put the Cats on their own 14-yard line. The Cats were unable to get through the Cougar defense to score. The Wildcats blocked a punt and Wes Burt had a return of 44 yards for a touchdown making the score 12-0. The Cougars came back strong with a touchdown of their own and gained the extra point to trail 7-12. The Cats were on their six-yard line when the Cougars blocked a punt and ran for a touchdown again grabbing the extra point. The Wildcats now trailed 12-14 with 6:00 left in the second. The Wildcats retaliated with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Hamilton to DJ Yates. Nate Thomas then ran the ball into the end zone for 2 points so the Cats now led 20-14 at the half. The Cougars made a run of five into the end zone for the first points of the half with 6:07 left in the third. The Cougars led 21-20. The Cats were on the 37-yard line on their fourth down and Hamilton made a 33-yard pass to Cole to get to the four. Jacob Molnar ran the remaining four yards for a Wildcat touch down. The attempt for extra points was stopped by the Cougars, New London led 26-21. At the start of the fourth quarter, Hamilton had a 27-yard pass to Phillips to bring the team to their 39 yard line. Thomas them had a 30-yard run into the end zone after a fumble with 8:16 left in the game. (score 32-21) New London's line held off Crestview for a start on the Cougars 20 yard line. Thomas took off for an 80-yard touchdown run. The Cougars snapped right back with a 70 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The score was 38-28 with 5:00 left for the game. Hamilton's pass was intercepted and the Cougars made multiple advances to get their final touchdown for the night with 1:32 left in the fourth. Thomas came back and had another outstanding touchdown run of 50 yards and also grabbed the extra two points from a catch in the end zone. The Cougars were unable to come back and the Wildcats took the game with a final score of 46-34. Friday night the boys will compete against the Mapleton Mounties in their Homecoming game. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. after the Homecoming parade.