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By Steve Turrentine
The Atoka Wampus Cats traveled to class 4A number nine ranked Muskogee Hilldale Friday night September 18th after the game with Marlow was cancelled due to COVID-19 reasons.
The Cats anticipated a tough game that tested them physically and mentally and were up for the challenge.
Hilldale, in their first two games outscored their opponents 94-0. Atoka also came into the match with a strong 2-0 record.
After winning the coin toss, Hilldale elected to receive the ball and in five plays moved the ball to the Wampus Cat 15 yard line.
The Atoka Defense held strong led by hard hits by Sean Allen and Jamar McKee forcing the Hornets to attempt a 32 yard field goal. The kick was good giving them a 3-0 lead.
The Wampus Cats offense was able to move the ball down the field before penalties stalled out a good drive and they had to punt.
Later in the first quarter, Hilldale was able to put it into the end zone for their first touchdown leaving the first quarter score 10-0.
The second quarter was almost a repeat of the first with the Hornets extending their lead to 20-0 at halftime.
The Cats received the ball going into the third quarter and marched the length of the field before Tyson Barrett connected with Junior Brat Hallman for a Wampus Cat touch down, bringing the score to 20-7.
Atoka’s defense came alive in the second half and held the Hornets to only seven points. The Wampus Cat offense had three turnovers in the game against the very quick Hilldale defense and that turned out to be too big an obstacle to overcome. The final score was 27-7 Hilldale.
Some great things to note about this game are that until Atoka came to town, no one had scored on the Hornets and no team had held them to under 40 points.
In their first two games the Hornets had scored 14 touchdowns. The Hilldale offense only scored two offensive touch downs and one defensive touchdown on the Wampus Cats.
For the game Atoka rushed 40 times for 175 yards and had seven pass completions for 84 yards for 259 yard of total offense.
This week Atoka starts district play at Hugo with what should be a great matchup. The game will start at 7:00 p.m.