Late rally dooms Wildcats
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Nov. 11, 2006 - ROYSE CITY - The Rains Wildcats' hopes of a district championship came to an end Friday night with a 38-28 loss to the Royse City Bulldogs in front of a packed Bulldog Stadium.

The Wildcats had a 28-24 lead and were poised to extend the lead with possession of the football inside the Royse City 10-yard line. The momentum shifted when a goal line stand forced the Wildcats to give up the football on downs at the 7-yard line.

Royse City, with the aid of a pair of personal foul penalties against Rains, drove the length of the field and took a 31-28 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bert Boudreaux with 1:46 remaining in the game.

The Wildcats attempt to answer the score was intercepted by Royse City's Tim Obermier and returned to the Rains 26-yard line. Two plays later, Garrett Ellington put the game out of reach with a 23-yard touchdown run. Kollin Padon added the point after kick making the final score 38-22.

The Wildcats got off to a shaky start Friday night. Rains was pinned deep in its own territory when Ellington booted a 63-yard punt down to the Rains 1-yard line. Four plays later Rains stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety making the score 2-0.

Royse City took the ensuing kick off and returned it to the Rains 10-yard line. Two plays later Richard Morrison scored on a 15-yard touchdown run. Morrison then completed a pass to Boudreaux for the 2-point conversion and a 10-0 lead.

Royse City extended the lead on its next possession when Boudreaux scored on a 9-yard touchdown run making the score 17-0 with 33 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

The Rains offense got on track in the start of the second quarter. The Wildcats used 13 plays to drive 80 yards for their first score. Aaron Potts capped the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run which made the score 17-7.

Following the touchdown, the defense came to life and held Royse City to 4 yards of offense on their next two possessions.

During that time Rains seized control of the game with a 49-yard touchdown run by Potts and a 3-yard touchdown run by Mandel Christian for a 21-17 lead with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

Royse City retook the lead on the first possession of the second half on a 19-yard run by Ellington. Padon's point-after kick made the score 24-21 with 8:50 left in the third quarter.

Rains answered the score late in the third quarter when Potts found Taylor Marshall open for a 37-yard touchdown pass. Derek Hurst kicked his fourth point-after kick of the night for a 28-24 lead with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter.

The Wildcats opened the fourth quarter by recovering a fumble at the Royse City 44-yard line. Rains began consuming the clock as they drove down to the Royse City 13-yard line. But in three plays the Cats only progressed 6 yards and faced a fourth-and-4 at the 7-yard line.

The drive ended when Potts' pass to Marshall fell incomplete in the end zone.

From there Royse City took 12 plays to drive 93 yards for the go-ahead score.

Fortunately for Rains, the loss doesn't affect them in the postseason. They were already the district's top seed in Division II. The Wildcats will try to bounce back from the loss as they begin the post season by taking on Pilot Point on Friday night in Greenville.

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