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By: Steve Turrentine
The Atoka Wampus Cats ended their 2020 football season in second round playoffs on Friday night November 20, 2020, against the tenth ranked Vian Wolverine team, who in this writer’s opinion has a great chance at winning the state title.
Atoka came into the game after three of their last four games had been cancelled due to Covid issues.
Atoka started the night on offense after receiving the kickoff. They had to punt on that series, and when the defense took to the field, they held strong for almost seven minutes, forcing the Wolverines to trek slowly down the field.
Vian scored on a seven yard rush and missed the extra point, making the score 6-0 with just five minutes left in the first quarter.
Atoka’s offense was able to move the ball with some success on their ensuing possession, but was unable to find the end zone.
Vian’s very fast offense came to life after that and was able to score again against Atoka’s defense. Atoka was finally able to put points on the board in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Tarrin Snow and Kollin Ritchie were able to each get interceptions on a very impressive Vian offense.
The final score was 46-7 Vian. They will move forward to face Metro Christian in round three of the 2A playoffs this weekend.
As this season closes, I would like to editorialize if I may.
This Atoka Wampus Cat team is among the best I have seen in my close to 40 years as a Wampus Cat player, fan, coach, announcer and parent.
I have watched these guys play together for almost 10 years, and saw them go through both great highs and lows over that decade.
Two years ago, this team did not win a game. They struggled. They got banged up. They got made fun of. But above all, they endured. They worked hard and they overcame.
I am proud to have been a small part in all of this. Hold your head up high players, coaches and community.
The future of the Atoka Wampus Cat football team is bright. To this year’s seniors and parents, I would like to say thank you. You never gave up and you have started something that will be carried on in the future.