The Wildcats turned around the result of their opening game against the Longhorns with a win at home against the conference leaders.
It looked as if the Lanarkshire side would be getting their second win over the Highland Wildcats with their first drive ending in a score from running back Grant Winter but the home team responded with a rushing touchdown from Declan Maclennan.
Tight End Erem Demirel added to the Wildcats lead on the next drive with a 9 yard catch, thrown by quarterback Chris Shaw.
The Highland defense dominated most of the first half with great stops from Jamie Anderson, Andrew Stark and Ewan Sime.
In the second half Maclennan found the endzone again this time with a pass from Shaun Matheson. This was converted by Johnny Fowler to bring the score to 20 – 6 to the Wildcats.
Winter pulled in some more points for the Longhorns taking it to 20 – 12 but the Wildcats responded with a massive 60 yard passing touchdown from Shaw to Sime.
The Wildcats defense pinned back the Lanarkshire offense with some great defensive play from Wildcats defensive end Jordan Coia but the away team managed one more score however it wasn’t enough to take the lead with Wildcats running back Ciaran Docherty putting another 6 on the board.
The final score was 32 – 18 to the Highland Wildcats
“It’s always a great game against the Longhorns; competitive but played in great spirit! Coach Clee and his staff do a fantastic job and his players are a credit to him.” Head Coach Robbie Paulin commented.
“My coordinators James Hudson and Billy Mill did great work today pre-game and on the sideline. The other assistant coaches, Mark Paulin and Davie Grant stepped up too and were a massive part of this win. It really feels like things are coming together for our team as a whole as we’ve learnt a lot from our opening games.”
Photos by Scott MacDonald