Written by Marlon Scott
Clarksville, TN – After a defensive pass interference penalty, the Clarksville High Wildcats offense was facing 1st and 10, fifteen yards from the end zone, behind the West Creek Coyotes 28-27, with only 7 seconds left in the game.
Lined up in a spread offense, Wildcat senior quarterback Jeff Webb had to scramble away from immediate pressure due to a blitz up the middle by the Coyote’s defense.
Webb ran to his left, barely eluding the blitzing Coyote’s defenders. Still scrambling to his left, Webb sees a lane to the pylon in the corner of the end zone and takes of sprinting. As the clock ticks of the final seconds 3..2…1, Webb dashes just inside the pylon a step ahead of pursuing Coyote players and scores the game winning touchdown.It was an amazing end to a close game. It was also the Wildcats first win of the season.
“He was scrambling, he made plays and that is what he can do. He can makes plays when he just goes out and does that,” Wildcats head coach Ken Busbee said. “Our mental focus was there. Everybody was on the same page that last drive. And that is the type of focus and mentality we have got to bring out every game.”
Webb finished the game completing 9 of 20 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 51 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the game winner. The Wildcats only other score was a 2-yard touchdown run by Tony Blakely.
The majority of both teams points came in a first half shootout. The Wildcats fired the first shot. Lawrenz Guerra took the game opening kickoff 65 yards and set up his team with 1st and 10 on the Coyote’s 15-yard line. Two plays later, Blakely made his 2-yard touchdown run to put the Wildcats ahead 7-0.
It took the Coyotes only one play to tie the game 7-7. Zeandre Floyd caught a pass from his quarterback and streaked 63 yards to the end zone.
On their second offensive drive, the Wildcats covered 61 yards in 5 plays to score a touchdown with 8:39 left in the first quarter. Webb completed a 46-yard pass to Avery Bates to set up 1st and goal at the 1-yard line. Then, he threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Chris Schlangen. After missing the extra point, the Wildcats were ahead 13-7.
The Wildcats extended their lead, 19-7, when Webb made a 1-yard run to the end zone at the end of a 10 play drive with 3:00 left in the first quarter.
The action slowed down and neither team scored again until the 4th quarter.
With 3:21 left in the game, the Wildcats blocked a Coyote punt and took over on downs with excellent field position. Running just over 2 minutes off the clock, they went 43 yards on 7 plays to score. Webb rushed for his second touchdown of the game, keeping the ball on an option play.
The Wildcats made a 2-point conversion to make the score 27-20 with only 1:05 left in the game. The Wildcats fans did not get to celebrate long. On the ensuing kickoff, Floyd broke a tackle, spun to the sideline, and then outran everyone 65 yards to the end zone. The Coyotes made their on 2-point conversion and took the lead, 28-27 with less than a minute remaining.
On the last drive of the game, Webb completed back-to-back passes to move the Wildcats 30 yards. After a short rush and an incomplete pass, Webb launched a pass toward the end zone and the Coyotes were flagged for pass interference. The penalty set up the Wildcats with 1st and 10 on the 15-yard line with only 7 seconds remaining.
Then Webb won the game.
“I’m just so happy with the way our guys continued to play the second half. They never gave up and fought their butts off,” Busbee said.