The McCutcheon Maverick football team (6-4) headed into a cold November 1st match-up with a familiar foe, the Kokomo Wildkats (2-8). Last season the Wildkats upended the Mavs in a down-to-the-wire Sectional Championship. In their Week 4 battle, the Mavs throttled the Kats 59-20. Neither of those results mattered to this singularly focused group of Mavs. When the stakes are win or go home, it takes a gritty team effort to ensure that you get to put the pads on for another week. Dominating the line of scrimmage for 4 Qtrs, the Mavericks did just that, beating Kokomo soundly, 30-6.
It is no secret that the Mavs look to establish their pace of play using a bruising ground attack. During the regular season, the Mavs averaged 197.5 rushing yds/game. Controlling the line of scrimmage all night, the dominant offensive line created a tempo that allowed their stable of backs to take up huge chunks of yards vs the Wildkats. Senior Garrett Maish struck first in the 1st quarter with a strong touchdown run. Senior Will Griffen capped off the Mav’s next scoring drive with a 31 yard FG, giving the Mavs the first 10 points of the game.
The defensive line was wreaking havoc all night and was a mainstay in the Kokomo backfield. However, with about 5 minutes left in the 1st half, the defense got gashed on an inside zone cutback. Kokomo RB, Plez Lawrence, took a 54-yard run to the house. The long Wildkat TD run was the only scoring they would do for the rest of the night. The Maverick defense held them to only 187 total yards of offense. Richard Turner, Zaiden Zurfas and Manual Magallenes all recorded 8 tackles apiece for the Mavericks.
Right before the end of the first half, sophomore RB Brayden Stall, housed a 7-yard run to give the Mavs a 17-6 edge at halftime. On the night, Stall rushed for a powerful 123 yards.
In the second half, the Mavs relied on the QB Power run play to get senior signal-caller, Mason Douglas going. Douglas rushed for 151 yards on the night and capitalized with two second-half touchdowns. The highlight score of the game came with 7 minutes left in the 4th qtr. Douglas stretched the defense up the far sideline and used a hesitation juke to break free for a 53 yard TD run. The score would be the proverbial nail in the coffin for the Wildkat’s season. In total, the Mavs rushed for 335 yards and four TD’s on the night.
The dominant home win sets up a rematch for the Mavs with their rival, the Harrison Raiders. Harrison dispatched the Anderson Indians in their Sectional Semi-final, 35-0. The Sectional Championship game will take place on Friday, November 8th at Harrison High School. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM EST.