MCCORMICK — The Whitmire High School Wolverines were defeated by the McCormick High School Chiefs 20-6 Friday night.
The Wolverines had a positive start when they scored the first touchdown of the night.
“We took the lead six to nothing, with four minutes to go in the first quarter after a time-consuming drive down the one yard line behind strong running from Union native Trey Lyles,” Head Coach Charlie Jenkins said. “Senior Quinton Aughtry capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.”
The Chiefs tied the game up halfway through the second quarter. Then, with about four minutes to go, they made another touchdown and a two-point conversion, taking the lead 14-6.
This would be the last time the Chiefs scored until the fourth quarter.
“The score was 14 to 6 favoring McCormick heading into the fourth quarter and we had the ball on our 25 yard line. We mustered up a good drive, but couldn’t finish it. McCormick scored late to make it 20-6 when we attempted a last-ditch effort pass with about two minutes left in the game,” Jenkins said. “Our defense played very stout for the second week in a row. We came out with a really good plan to stop the opponent.”
Jenkins commented that the team held Shrine Bowl running back Mateo Durant to about 100 yards rushing and that was about 100 below his season average.
“Coach Campbell and Coach Lockwood have done a great job of scheming our defense week-to-week. I am proud of our effort,” he said.
The Wolverines will host Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School in the first round of the playoffs next week. Jenkins said this is a rematch of last year’s game that the Wolverines lost 44-42 in overtime.
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