Edmonton Wildcats Run Wild in Winnipeg
The Edmonton Wildcats dominated in every aspect of the game on Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg, scoring on their first possession and never looking back, as the Wildcats mauled the Winnipeg Rifles 60 -21 in front of a rain soaked crowd of just over 300 people at Canad Inn Stadium.
The Wildcats offence dominated from the get go, scoring on their first two possessions with a 27 yd run from Justin McEvoy and a 23yd reception from Kevin Wuthrich who had 8 receptions for 171 yds and 2 TD’, to put the Wildcats up 14 – 0. The Wildcats conceded a safety at the end of the first quarter to make the score 14-2 for the Wildcats. The Rifles were unable to hold the Cats potent offence in the second quarter as Edmonton went on a scoring rampage with a 9yd TD pass to Kevin Wuthrich, a 27yd TD run by Liam Dow, a 65yd TD reception by Jerit Lambert and capping off the end of the first half with a interception for a TD from defensive back Miguel Barker, to make the score 52 – 2 going into the locker room
The first half stats saw the Wildcats rack up 16 first downs with 223 yds rushing and completing 9 -13 for 236yds and 3 TD’s for a net total of 459 yds to end the half. Winnipeg was held to just 6 first downs, with 106 yds rushing and was 2-7 for 6yds and a net total of 112 yds on the half.
On defense, the Wildcats looked very strong holding the Rifles to just 2 first half points. The second half saw the Wildcats take their foot of the gas by letting the Rifles score an 85 yd punt return by Ryan Lester to make the score 52 – 9. On their next possession the Rifles scored again this time on a 25yd run by receiver Matt Lariviere to make the score 52-16. The Wildcats missed on a 31yd field goal and the Rifles conceded a single point to make it 53-16 after 3 quarters. The Wildcats were able to muster up one more score with Adam Senik at the helm who played all of the second half and handed off to Kendall Kennedy for a 1 yd TD, to make the score 60-16. The Rifles ended their day with a 13yd TD reception by Marsh Joseph-Burnett to make the final score Wildcats 60 and the Rifles 22.
Final stats at the end of the game saw the Wildcats rack up 670 yard of total offence, with Andy Pilon going 10- 13 for 254 yds and three TD’s. The Cats rushed for 435 yds and had 26 first downs on the day. The Wildcat defense held the Rifles to 326 yds of total offence, with Tyler Johnston completing 11 of 16 for 156 yds and 2 TD’s and Kienan Lafrance rushing for 127 yds on 20 carries.
Next game sees the Wildcats hosting the Saskatoon Hilltops on Saturday August 22nd 7:00pm at Clark Park.
All Edmonton Wildcat practices are at Rundle Park and the players take to the field around 7:30 pm nightly
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