Wildcats explosive on offense at home


The SanAntonio Cole-to-Kirel Young connection is working out really well.

The pair hooked up for two 26-yard touchdown passes and helped Watson Chapel total 417 yards of offense Friday night in a 48-9 win over De Queen at Wildcat Stadium. Cole finished the game 7 of 8 for 249 yards and four touchdown passes to Young, a junior who had 103 yards on four catches.

“We’re pretty pleased,” Watson Chapel coach George Shelton said. “We’ve got some skilled athletes, and De Queen presented us with some opportunities for them to make plays in space. They were able to do that.”

Young had a 36-yard catch on the opening drive of the second half, followed up on the next play by his second TD haul.

Cole also picked off a pass and returned it 53 yards for a score in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 41-9 lead.

Devonte Battles ran five times for 50 yards, all in the first half, and made a 95-yard scoring catch and run for Watson Chapel (4-1, 2-0 in 5A-South Conference). Tevon Jones finished with 65 yards on three catches, including a 45-yard TD reception in the second half that made up for having a wide-open pass in his direction broken up by an official on the Wildcats’ first offensive play of the game.

“If they came out and threw the ball, I didn’t think we’d ever stop them,” De Queen coach Sam Goodwin said.

James Collier added 45 yards on six carries for the Wildcats, his last one a 2-yard touchdown run that closed the scoring.

The Wildcats gained 173 total yards in the second quarter and held the Leopards’ offense scoreless on six possessions. Jordan Stargell returned an interception 40 yards to the 26, setting up the Wildcats’ first score of the game. The next play, Young pulled down his first TD reception from Cole.

“The offensive line did a good job of protection,” Shelton said. “The defense did a good job stopping (the Leopards).”

Netting only 23 yards in the opening period, the Wildcats got going in the second quarter, turning in a 10-play, 80-yard drive to go up 14-0. Devonte Battles broke a 29-yard run to the 4 and carried it into the end zone on the next play.

Chapel scored on its next possession, thanks to a 95-yard highlight by Battles. He took a screen pass from Cole and sprinted around the left end to find open space down the Wildcats’ sideline for the score.

De Queen (1-4, 0-2) got on the board with a safety just before halftime as Cole was sacked and fumbled in the end zone.

The Leopards were forced to punt three times in the first half and missed a 38-yard field goal early in the second quarter. They finally scored on offense with 7:19 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard sneak by Devon Hagood to wrap up a 69-yard march.

Chris Jones rushed 13 times for 51 yards and Hagood completed 4 of 10 passes for 92 yards to lead De Queen, which had 249 total yards for the game. The Leopards tried to set the tone early, outgaining Watson Chapel 80-23 in total yards after the first quarter.

“They did pretty much what they wanted to,” Goodwin said. “I think they could have thrown anytime they wanted to. When they did throw, they were very successful.”