The Walnut Grove football teams played their final games of the year last week and managed one win in their four contests.
The eighth-grade Blue team managed the lone win and won a nail biter 13-10 against Jobe.
Jobe received the opening kickoff, but didn't have the ball long as the Wildcats hit the Maverick returner and caused a fumble.
The Wildcats took possession of the ball and made two first downs before having to punt to Jobe. The Mavericks threw a deep ball over the middle, but the sticky finger of Wildcat defensive back Kaden Archie, snatched the ball out of midair and took it 37 yards to pay dirt. The extra point by Hunter McGee was good to put WGMS up 7-0.
Jobe had a couple of long plays to move the ball down the field before they punched it into the end zone and got the two-point conversion to go up 8-7.
The Wildcats came right back down the field and thew a pass into the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but it was negated by a penalty.
WGMS moved the ball down the field again in the second half and scored on its first possession thanks to a 39-yard pass and catch from Xavery Alcarez to Garrison Espinoza. That made the score was 13-8 at the end of the third quarter.
The Mavericks were moving the ball down the field trying to retake the lead and had first and goal from the six-yard line. The Mavericks had the Wildcats backed into a corner and they came out scratching and clawing with stout defensive efforts from Kaden Archie, Alex Carrizal, Jonathan McDonald, Jacob Dewolf, Danny Mendoza, Xavery Alcarez, Garrison Espinoza, Cody Ashmore and Tayt Kinsey. They denied the Mavericks getting to the end zone.
The Wildcats took over on downs, but couldn't move the ball and had to punt it back to Jobe.
Another great defensive stand came from the Wildcats as they stripped the ball away. The Wildcats were again faced with another fourth down deep in their own territory. This time they opted to take a safety by running out of the end zone.
The Wildcats had great kick coverage on the free kick and the defense rose to the occasion on the final play and Archie knocks down the pass to seal the victory,
The WGMS eighth-grade White team lost to Jobe 13-6.
On the opening drive, Jobe drove down the field to score and make it 7-0.
The Wildcats responded by driving the ball down the field with runs by Damien DeLosSantos. The final 17 yards was covered with excellent running from Brayden Gray.
After that, a defensive struggle ensued. There were great plays made by Kade Lattimore, who recovered a fumble, Sam Boleman, Jacob Carbajal and James Vang.
That was all of the scoring until midway through the fourth quarter when Jobe ran a reverse for a big play to move the ball down to the 17-yard line.
Six plays later, the Mavericks scored the game's final points. The Wildcats came right back down the field with good running by both quarterbacks Campbell Rodgers and Brycen Detavernier.
A long pass to Dylan Mayo made the game interesting at the end, but the Wildcats could not get the ball in the end zone.
The seventh-grade Blue team lost to Jobe 20-14.
The Wildcats started the game and went down the field and Alan Gonzalez scored on a 12-yard run. Matthew Stanton scored the extra point to put the Wildcats up to 7-0.
Jobe drove down the field and scored, but the Wildcat defense rose up and stopped the Mavericks' extra point.
The Wildcats scored again later in the second quarter on a 32-yard run from Jeremiah Cox and Stanton scored another extra point.
The Mavericks broke a long run and made the score 14-12 in favor of the Wildcats.
It was a defensive struggle in the second half. Isaac Brown, Anthony Mendoza, Vincent Vang, Kyle Miller and Leighton Smith did a good job shutting down the Mavericks.
Brayton McDaniel did a great job punting the ball.
Jobe broke another long run to seal the fate of the Wildcats.
The seventh-grade White team lost to Coble 26-0.
Coble took the opening kickoff and drove the ball down the field and scored making the score 7-0. The Wildcats took the ball next and on third down threw a pass to a wide open receiver and it bounced off his hands right into the arms of a Coyote.
The Wildcats defense rose up and caused a fumble, which was recovered by Nolan Samek. The Wildcats moved the ball down the field and turned the ball over on downs.
Coble wasted little time as they went down the field and scored making the halftime score 13-0.
The Wildcats got the ball and drove back down the field with good running from Dylan Cuffin, Kade Jones and good blocking from Samek and Brayden Wright.
The offensive line from Noah Waxler, Kyle Penwarden, did a good job of opening the holes.
Defensive standouts were Tyrese Barns, Brayden Wright, and Kade Jones.