The Watson Chapel Wildcats (0-2) will host the Hot Springs Trojans (1-2) Friday night to open up conference play in the 5A-South.
The Wildcats lost at home last week to the Nashville Scrappers 20-14. The Wildcats were able to contain Nashville junior quarterback/wide receiver LaMichael Pettway, but gave the Scrappers good field position off of mistakes, primarily by jumping offsides.
Watson Chapel senior running back Devonte Battles had touchdown runs of 84 and 89 yards, but they were not enough to bring in a win as penalties and a shaky passing game hurt the Wildcats.
“We have to execute offensively in the passing game and be able to cut down on penalties,” stated Watson Chapel head coach George Shelton.
The passing game that Shelton refers to is that of Wildcats senior quarterback Kris McCullough, who completed 3 of 12 passes for 57 yards and two interceptions.
“We do have a young offensive line and they’re getting better, but we have to make offensive plays on the perimeter”, Shelton said.
The Wildcats now have the task of taking on the quickness of the Trojans. Last week, Hot Springs lost to Arkadelphia on the road, 42-21. The Badgers’ defense held the Trojans by a score of 42-0 at halftime.
But even with Hot Springs’ blowout loss last week, Shelton believes that the Trojans still pose a threat offensively. And for a team whose defense committed its share of miscues last week, it will be a challenge.
“They are good at running the ball,” Shelton said. “Anytime that a team depends on running the ball, it poses a challenge. Their speed allows them to have the ability to get to the edges.”
Watson Chapel senior linebacker Josh Harris had an interception in last week’s contest and will lead the charge for the Wildcats.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.