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By Steve Turrentine
Friday night September 25th the Atoka Wampus Cats traveled to Hugo for the first district game of the season.
The Wampus Cats started the game receiving the kickoff and the offense moved the ball but not enough, forcing a punt.
The Atoka defense took over and held the Buffaloes attack off, forcing them to punt as well. This defensive struggle continued through the rest of the first quarter, leaving the score at the end of one, 0-0.
The Cats were on defense to start the second quarter and just two plays in Sophomore Kollin Ritchie got his first interception of the night and rambled all the way to the Hugo three yard line.
Two plays later senior running back Will McCall went two yards to put Atoka on the scoreboard. With kicker Caleb Wingo’s extra point that made the score 7-0 early in the second quarter.
Just a possession later Hugo’s offense moved the ball all the way to the Wampus Cat five yard line, threatening to score.
Again, Sophomore Kollin Ritchie steps in for an interception on the one yard line and takes it all the way back to the thirty yard line. As the offense took the field, Quarterback Tyson Barrett connected with receiver Tarrin Snow for a 36 yard reception bringing the ball to the Hugo 36 yard line.
A few plays later, on 4th down and 10, Barrett again connects with Snow for an incredible tipped ball catch and 36 yard touchdown reception.
With Wingo’s extra point that brought the score to 14-0 with very little time left in the half.
Coming into the second half the Buffaloes offense took the field and in their first possession was able to take the ball 80 yards and score, narrowing the lead to a score of 14-6.
When the Wampus Cat offense came back to the field, they showed a different backfield, with only two in the backfield, Kollin Ritchie at quarterback and Will McCall at running back.
The entire possession was those two taking turns running the ball down the field. The final run of this possession was with Ritchie taking it in from the 3 yard line for another Atoka touchdown. Again sure legged Caleb Wingo gets the extra point extending the Atoka lead with a score of 21-6 in the third quarter.
Hugo had the ball to start the 4th quarter and took advantage, scoring on a 2 yard run. Again missing their 2 point attempt, the score narrowed to 21-12.
On the ensuing kickoff, senior Trent Yarbrough has an outstanding return all the way to the Hugo 16 yard line. Following some hard runs by Will McCall, brother Andrew McCall took it in from the one yard line for another Atoka touchdown. With the extra point that brought the score to 28-12, Atoka with the lead.
Hugo took the ball back only to fall victim to Kollin Ritchie’s third interception of the game. That sealed the game for the Wampus Cats, leaving the final score 28-12 and a district record of 1-0 and season record of 3-1.
This week Friday, October 2, 2020, Atoka will travel to Antlers for the second district game. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m.