The Junior Highland Wildcats travelled south to Manchester for the last game of their regular season on Sunday to get a consolation win on the board for what has been a tough season for the squad.
The day also saw a farewell to four of the Wildcats development players who have gone through their system all the way from age 12.
The game started with the Wildcats kicking off to the Manchester Titans and the Highland defense pinned them back and forced them to punt on their first possession. The Wildcats quickly took control on offense and a rushing touchdown from Tailback Craig Findlay put the first score on the board. This lead was furthered when the Wildcats scored again with another rushing touchdown this time from Tailback Cameron Davies which was converted for a further two points by Quarterback Kyle Robertson.
The understrength home side’s offense continued to struggle against an equally understrength Wildcats defense however the Titans managed to get some points on the board when they took advantage of a Wildcats fumble in their own endzone, forcing a safety. Another Davies touchdown before the end of the half put the Wildcats ahead by 20 – 2.
The second half was more of the same with the Wildcats picking up a further two touchdowns. One a rushing touchdown from Running Back Mark Betts and a passing touchdown late in the game from Robertson to Wide Receiver Shaun Matheson.
The Highland Wildcats finish their last game of the season with a 32 – 2 win over the Manchester Titans. “It’s a great way to finish what has been quite a tough season. Both sides were lacking players and I was impressed how both teams pushed through the game, ” said Highland Wildcats Head Coach, Robbie Paulin.
“Along with this being the last game of the season it was also the last ever game playing in a Wildcats uniform for many of the players this year. Notably, Craig Findlay, Laurie Cuthbertson, Davie Grant and Kyle Robertson who were some of our original development players who joined us, some as far back, as 2005. It’s been great to see how far these guys have come over past 6 to 7 years and I’m sure all of them will be staying involved in the team in some way!”