Football / October 24, 2018 By Kasey McDowell
Coach Daniel Myears Wildcats extended their win streak to 5 wins after defeats over El Dorado and Wellington the last couple of weeks. Since the loss to Collegiate in Week 3, the Cats rebounded and have put up some strong performances and outscored their opponents 170 - 86.
The Wildcats faced El Dorado in a non-league matchup in week 7 on Friday, October 12, 2018. The opposing Wildcats featured a talented running back and linebacker Braden Morgan (also a state champion wrestler), but the Mulvane defense held him to 151 yards rushing and only 1 rushing touchdown. The Cats held El Dorado to only 6 completions and 30 yards passing. The Cats offense went wild and racked up 450 yards with 177 rushing and 273 yards passing.
Quarterback Tab Creekmore and wide receiver Drew Ellis hooked up early in the 1st quarter for a 65 yd pass TD at the 11:02 mark. Running back Cole Diffenbaugh broke loose for a 65 yard TD run at the 8:31 mark of the 1st quarter. Cole added a 2 yard TD run at the 9:42 mark in the 2nd quarter. Creekmore and Ellis hooked up again for a 40 yard TD pass with 57 second left before halftime to take a 27-6 lead into the break. Creekmore and Diffenbaugh added another passing TD (39 yards) at the 7:59 mark in the 3rd quarter. Creekmore and Ellis scored the last TD of the game with a 23 yard TD pass at the 8:14 mark in the 4th quarter.
Tab finished the game with 12 completions, 273 yards passing, and 4 TDs. Ellis finished with 6 receptions, 175 yards, and 3 TD receptions. Diffenbaugh finished with 14 carries for 127 yards, 2TD runs, 50 yards receiving and 1 TD reception.
Blake Scott and Jeret Plummer lead the Wildcat defense with 11 tackles each and Blake had 1 sack and Jeret had 0.5 tackles for loss. Caleb Mader, Lane Shockey, and Trey Greer finished with 10, 9, 9 tackles respectively.
Drew Ellis made his mark in the school record boards after his 3 TDs and passed Ethan Evans for career TD receptions (16) in regular season games. Drew currently has 17 TD receptions. Tyler Springer still maintains the career TD receptions for all games with 21.
The Wildcats faced a tough Wellington (6-1) team in week 8 to finish out the regular season and AVCTL Division 4 play last Friday, October 19, 2018. Mulvane came into the game as 14 point underdogs based on some media predictions. The game turned into a defensive battle as both offenses struggled to get into the endzone for the majority of the game, and the Wildcat defense was able to block an extra point to maintain a 14-13 lead for the win.
Wellington scored first on a 15 yard pass in the 1st quarter, but the Wildcats answered with a 40 yard TD pass between Creekmore and Diffenbaugh at the 5:44 mark in the second quarter. The Cats added another TD just before halftime with a 31 yard pass from Creekmore to Jacob Walker with 59 seconds left in the quarter. Wellington added another score in the 3rd quarter but the Wildcats blocked the extra point. Both defenses took over for the rest of the game and the score remained 14-13 for the last 17 minutes of the game.
Diffenbaugh finished with 19 carries for 68 yards, 2 receptions for 40 yards and 1TD. Creekmore finished with 9 completions for 166 yards and 2 TD passes. Jacob Walker finished with 1 receptions for 31 yards and 1 TD.
Blake Scott had a fantastic game on the defensive side and finished with 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 4.5 tackles for loss. Caleb Mader and Nathan Klein finished with 9 tackles. Lane Shockey, Jaxen Young, and Trey Greer all had 7 tackles. Jaxen Young had 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Jeret Plummer and Tyler Lanzrath had 6 tackles each and Plummer had a fumble recovery and 1 tackle for loss.
The Wildcats will face off against a tough Arkansas City team this Friday for game 1 of the new state playoff format. The game will be at Lyle Couch Stadium at 7:00 PM.