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By Steve Turrentine
Friday September 11 was a day of reverence as we all remembered the tragedy that happened in our country on that day in 2001.
It brought us together as a country and reminded us of the important things in life. While football may not be at the top of that list, community is one of those things that do in fact make that list.
As our Wampus Cats took the field that evening for the home opener, it was evident that community is still alive and well in Atoka, Oklahoma.
A large crowd came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the fall sports Senior Class of 2020 as 33 of our seniors participated in cross country, soft ball, band, cheer and football. Then of course, there was a game.
The Wampus Cats defense came out strong and forced a Talihina turn over on downs.
Immediately Atoka’s offense struck as senior running back Trent Yarbrough took it 80 yards for the first of many Atoka touch downs.
This time on defense, Senior Tarrin Snow struck with an interception for the Wampus Cats. They capitalized on the turnover the next play when Sophomore running back, Andrew McCall, went 26 yards for the second Wampus Cat touchdown.
Again Senior Caleb Wingo gets the extra point making it a 14-0 Atoka lead with 8:34 left in the first quarter. Just two minutes later Sophomore Tyrell Hill strikes with a 62 yard touchdown run making the score 21-0 with the extra point.
It was time for the Wampus Cat defense to score next as Sophomore Kollin Ritchie snatched up an interception for a 43 yard touchdown pick six. The Wampus Cat lead at the end of the first quarter was a staggering 28-0.
As the second quarter began, the Wampus Cats took to the air for its 5th touchdown of the night in form of a connection from quarterback Tyson Barrett to Junior receiver Andre Cheadle for a 17 yard reception.
The Wampus Cat defense scored again in the 2nd quarter with an Andrew McCall 24 yard pick six. Another 3 yard run into the end zone by Senior Jamar McKee brought the lead going into halftime to 49-0. Caleb Wingo ended the night with a perfect 7 out of 7 extra points.
The second half saw the Wampus Cat underclassmen getting a lot of playing time led by Sophomore Jace Jackson and Freshman Talon Barrett.
Talihina managed a fourth quarter touchdown and two point conversion. The final score was 49-8 in favor of Atoka. This brings the Wampus Cats record to 2-0.
This Friday night, September 18th, Atoka will travel to Marlow to face the Outlaws for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.