JV dominates in 26-15 win over Brighton




John Engebretson
August 23, 2012


The 2012 JV football season got off to a strong start with an exciting 26-15 thrashing of the Brighton Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Brighton.  The game was never really as close as the score would indicate as the Wildcats completely dominated both lines of scrimmage throughout the contest.

The Wildcats set the tone early on defense when they held Brighton to 2 yards of offense and forced them to go three and out.  On the ensuing punt, Jack Pinkerton raced through the Bulldogs on a 33 yard return setting up the Wildcat offense at the 44 yard line.  The Wildcats wasted no time when Rohit Mogalayapalli hit Jalen Ward with a screen pass that he took 56 yards for a touch down.  Unfortunately, the play was called back due to a block in the back, and after several penalties by both teams the drive stalled and the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs.
 
Brighton’s next offensive series was a short one when Zac Siriani picked off an errant pass on the second play and set the Wildcats offense up at the 50 yard line.  On the ensuing drive, the Wildcats marched down the field with a series of runs and passes by Siriani, Rohit, Ward and Ryan Moore culminating in an 8 yard touchdown run by Rohit and the first quarter ended with the Wildcats up 6-0.
 
Brighton briefly held the ball in the second quarter but the defensive line of Jalen Ward, Andy Wilchynski, Jimmy Hole and Connor Howell, along with the rest of the defense stuffed Brighton and forced another punt with Novi taking over on the 49 yard line.  The Wildcats again struck quickly on a 20 yard run from Ward and a 27 yard reception by Siriani before Ward scored to stretch the lead to 12-0.
 
Brighton started its next drive on the 38 yard line and if not for a touch down saving tackle by Moore, would have cut the lead in half.  Instead, Siriani picked off the Brighton quarterback on the next play for his second interception of the game at the 18 yard line.
 
Behind a dominate performance by the offensive line of Wilchynski, Haney, Howell, Jared Engebretson and Joey Haddad, the Wildcats moved 49 yards on three plays with pass receptions by Adam Tobias and Ward and a run by Ward.  Unfortunately the drive stalled when Brighton recovered a Novi fumble.  Brighton seemed to get a little momentum from the fumble and drove 71 yards for a touchdown just before the half, cutting the score to 12-7 at the half.
 
The Wildcats special teams got on the board in the second half when Ward blocked a Brighton punt and returned it for a touchdown extending the lead to 19-7.  The Wildcat defense turned up the heat again and behind several big plays by Patrick Wojotylo, Hole, Moore and Siriani, Brighton was unable to establish any positive momentum.
 
The Wildcats final scoring drive included long runs by Ward and Siriani and was culminated in a Siriani touchdown run to extend the lead to 26-7.  While Brighton did score a late touchdown to make the final score 26-15, the Wildcats were definitely the dominant team on the field Wednesday night.