Brad Cavanough (18) picks off a Beech pass. STEVE WAMPLER photo
GLADEVILLE -- Down 17-10 at intermission, Wilson Central played an inspired second half and rallied for a 30-17 victory over No. 5 ranked and defending Class 5A state champion Beech Friday, Oct. 11 at Wildcat Stadium.
In fact, the Wildcats scored the last 23 points of the contest, bringing to a halt an 11-game Buccaneer win streak within the district.
"All the rest of the way, we've got to treat every game as a playoff game," said Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman. "Our backs are against the wall, but we’re definitely a lot better football team than our record shows, and tonight I guess they finally bought into it."
The Wildcats improved to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in District 9-AAA headed into an open week.
WCHS will close out the regular season with a pair of home games -- Oct. 25 versus rival Lebanon and a Nov. 1 encounter with Gallatin.
Beech (5-3, 4-1 in the district) failed to score 20 points for the first time in over a year, and was hampered by the loss of senior tailback Dorian Carter, who injured a shoulder on the opening kickoff and never saw the field again after the first series.
With Carter on the bench, the Bucs didn’t have much of a “Plan B” - running the ball 51 times for 170 yards, an average of 3.3 yards per try.
The Buccaneer air attack was inept at best, as quarterback Parker Henry completed just one of his eight pass attempts for 17 yards.
Wilson Central offered a more balanced attack, running the ball 33 times for 158 yards -- a clip of 4.8 yards per carry.
Fullback Kaleb Butler did most of the damage, running 20 times for 93 yards. He scored the first touchdown for the Wildcats on a one-yard plunge at the 3:51 mark of the opening quarter.
QB Jordan Roundtree completed half of his 14 pass attempts for 180 yards and was picked off once. Roundtree also ran six times for 12 yards -- including a pair of second half scores.
Soph Gabe Angel scored a third quarter TD on a nine-yard run and caught a pass from Roundtree for 66 yards.
Alex Price caught four passes for 68 yards, Zack Dover caught one ball for 46 yards and Tyler McBurney had one catch for 20 yards.