Wildcats Beat Robbinsville, Conference Title Game Awaits
Andrews, Nc- It’s been a long time coming, but the Andrews Wildcats will be playing for a Smoky Mountain Conference Championship this Friday night at David Gentry Field in Murphy.
Their last stepping stone to get to the title game was a heavy weight bout vs Robbinsville in which the Cats took care of business as they dropped the Knights by a score of 28-12.
The statistical box score is incomplete for the Wildcats, but its clear that their defense deserves the recognition as they held Robbinsville to just 189 yards of offense. The Wildcat’s defense was able to get in on the scoring as they were able to pick off Bryce Adams for a Pick 6. QB Donovan Bateman had a solid outing as he was 9/13 for 169 yards and a touchdown. RB Austin Martin also had a good game as he ran for 77 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
As for Robbinsville, their offense never got going in this one. Bryce Adams and Roman Jones combined for just 21 passing yards. Cuttler Adams had a solid showing with 155 yards on 16 carries and was able to score both of the Knights touchdowns. Cuttler Adams also was tied for the team lead with 11 tackles.
As mentioned, the Wildcats will have a shot at an undefeated regular season and a conference title next week as they travel to Murphy to take on the Bulldogs. As for the Knights, they will travel to Hayesville to take on the 5-4 (1-3) Yellowjackets, as Robbinsville looks to finish third in the conference.
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Andrews, NC- The Wildcats came out with a chip on their shoulder Friday night as they took the field across from Swain County. The Maroon Devils man-handled the Cats in last year’s contest, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of this Senior-laden Andrews team.
With Swain County coming off of a close loss to Robbinsville in the previous week, many thought Andrews would have their work cut out for them against a stout Maroon Devil defensive front that was allowing less than 95 rushing yards per game up to this point.
The Wildcats knew they had to make a statement, and boy did they.
Austin Martin, Isaac Weaver, Eli Aguilar, and Donovan Bateman ran the ball straight into the teeth of the Swain County defense, and the Maroon Machine had no answer. They nearly tripled the rushing total that Swain had been allowing through 6 games this year. 4 rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a TD later, the Wildcats had finally avenged last season’s loss to the Maroon Devils with a 33-7 thrashing and are now sitting at 7-0 on the year.
Friday night was a nice victory for the Cats, but they say they’re still working to get better.
We just know every week we’ve got to come out and do our job. We knew getting into conference play that there weren’t going to be any easy games, so we’ve really gotta execute well each week and just do what we do. We’ve gotta stay working. You can never get too happy. We’re always looking for that next win.
-Senior RB Isaac Weaver
While there’s still a long way to go and it’s obvious these guys aren’t satisfied yet, Sunday morning the Wildcat faithful woke up to something they’d never seen on a smart phone before.
Andrews at the top of the standings in 1A football in the state of North Carolina.
It’s been a long time coming for the small town of Andrews, and no one deserves it more than this group of kids.
Every week, people still question “just how good” Andrews is, and every week they come out and show you. This team is the real deal, and they’ve put the rest of the SMC (and the entire state) on notice. Like Isaac said, there’s still a long way to go and the Cat’s aren’t finished yet. But Valleytown is smiling a little brighter this week.