The Rossview Hawks lost a heartbreaker in the home opener on Friday, falling to Wilson Central 20-14.
“We started off very well,” said head coach Todd Hood. “We took the ball down early in the first quarter and we went up 7-0. We played some really good defense in the first half, went into halftime up 7-0. We kept them out of the end zone before halftime to keep it 7-0. Then we come out in the second half and sort of hurt ourselves with penalties.”
The halftime lead would not last long into the second half, as the Wildcats – who are now 3-0 – scored a touchdown on top of two field goals to take a one score lead.
The biggest play of the game came in the fourth quarter when Wilson Central took an interception back for a touchdown after Rossview had made their way into Wildcat territory to go up 20-7.
“We’ve got the ball, we’re down, we have a chance to go up, it’s 13-7, and we had a receiver run the wrong route on that play and it put them up,” Hood said. “That was huge. Just time running down on us.”
It was not the end of the game, though: the Hawks scored on an Aaron Bolster 50-yard touchdown pass from Gabe Siebert to bring the score within six. Then, the improbable happened… almost.
Rossview recovered the ensuing onside kick with just 10 seconds remaining but, after much deliberation, the referees determined that the Hawks got to the ball too early and possession – and the win – were given to Wilson Central.
The Wildcats’ Tristan Lewis ran eight times for 75 yards and completed five passes for 80 yards. Receiver Justin Smith caught two passes for 47 yards.
Rossview’s Diivonte Phillips took 19 carries for 60 yards -- both teams highs for Rossview. Siebert completed 50 percent of his passes for 125 while Bolster had four catches for 86 yards.
Now 1-2, the Hawks will face Clarksville Northeast on Friday, Sept. 13 and the undefeated Wildcats will host Antioch.