The Waynesboro Middle School Wildcats faced the Richland Raiders this past Thursday. The Cats battled their way to the very end to defeat the Raiders 22-14, with a touchdown run by Logan Brewer with 44 seconds left in the game. The Cats started the game sluggish from the opening kickoff, as they were set to receive the ball and failed to gain possession. The defense stepped up and forced the Raiders to punt the ball. The Cats offense was unable to get things going and punted back to Richland. The Raiders scored on their next possession and after one quarter, the Raiders led 8-0. The game remained close as the teams were tied at halftime and at the end of the 3rd quarter, 14-14. The Cats defense held the Raiders scoreless in the second half of the game, and the offense was able to score with the Brewer touchdown and a 2-point conversion late in the 4th quarter to make the final score 22-14.

   For the third straight week, the offense rushed for over 200 yards. Logan Brewer had 125 yards on 22 carries to include two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.  Ryder Butler had 65 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown, a 2-point conversion, and 16 yards receiving. Carden Venable had 8 carries for 38 yards to include a 2-point conversion and one pass completion for 16 yards.  Sayler Skelton had 1 carry for 1 yard.

   The Cats defense was once again led by Ryder Butler with 4 tackles. Logan Brewer had 3 tackles. Jakob Nienast had 2 tackles. Drew Bevis, Carden Venable, Jaxon Pope, and Baker Bryant all had 1 tackle. David-Grant Dixon, Sayler Skelton, Austin McFadden, and Isaiah Gresham each had 1 assist. Alex Ronchetti had a pass breakup.

   The WMS Cats will be hosting the Vikings of Perry County this Thursday for Homecoming.  The Homecoming festivities will begin at 6pm and game time is 6:30. Come out and support the WMS Cats and Cheerleaders. Go CATS! Submitted

Photos courtesy of Heather & Lynn Warren

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