By Payton Shays
The New London Football team took on Tiffin Calvert on Friday night in their home opener.The Cats fell short with a final score of 20-49. New London was down 35-0 at the half and came back strong and defeated Tiffin in the second half. Tiffin gained their first touchdown with 5:30 left in the first quarter on an 80-yard pass into the endzone. Calvert gained the ball back after the Cats failed to penetrate their defense with three runs from Nate Thomas. Tiffin then had a streak of runs to make it to the eight-yard line and ran it in for their second touchdown. This made the score 14-0 with 1:17 left in the first. New London started with the ball on Tiffins 27 yard line and threw an interception to give Calvert the ball on the 33. Tiffin ran it to the nine-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown with 33 seconds left in the first. The second quarter began with the Cats on the Senecas 38 yard line. The Wildcats had strong offensive play and made it to their own eight-yard line. The Cats were just shy of catching a touchdown pass when the Senecas intercepted a pass to DJ Yates in the endzone. Calvert had a touchdwon run of 45 yards making the score 28-0 with 7:59 left in the second. The Wildcats came back and made it to a first and goal at the seven-yard line but were unable to make it past Calvert's tight defensive line. The Senecas then earned another touchdown with a 53-yard pass to reach the final score for the first half of 35-0. To start the third quarter, Tiffin made the score to 42-0 with a 62-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats then made it to their 15-yard line with a series of runs. Quarterback Josh Hamilton threw a pass to Yates on the two-yard line and Yates ran the ball in for the Cats' first touchdown. New London missed the catch on the attempted two-point conversion. Tiffin retaliated with a 56 yard touchdown run to make the score 49-6. Hamilton threw a 52-yard pass to Derek Phillips to land the team on the five yard line. Hamilton then completed a pass to Jacob Molnar for the Cats second touchdown on the night. Phillips caught a pass in the endzone for the extra two points changing the score to 49-14. Spencer Cole came in for his first attempt at the quarterback position and threw a 41-yard pass to Jake Gerlak to advance the team to the 18 yard line. Gerlak caught the touchdown pass from Cole in the endzone with 1:00 left for the final touchdown of the night. Tomorrow the Wildcats will take on the Crestview Cougars (1-2) at New London at 7 p.m.