Rains strikes early then holds on for 27-16 win
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 21, 2006 - WILLS POINT - The Rains Wildcats scored touchdowns on each of their first four possessions of the game then held on in the second half for a 27-16 win over the Wills Point Tigers Friday night in Wills Point.

The Wildcats improved their District 10-3A record to 2-0 with the win, 6-1 overall. Wills Point drops to 0-2, 2-5 overall.

The Wildcats wasted little time taking control of the game. The Cats scored back-to-back touchdowns on drives of 60 and 20 yards. Quarterback Aaron Potts capped the drives with touchdown runs of 27 and 1 yard to give Rains a 14-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

The Wildcats caught Wills Point off guard with back-to-back pass completions to set up the next score. Potts hit Jonathan Beasley with a 9-yard pass, then completed a 44-yard pass to Taylor Marshall to put Rains at the Wills Point 4-yard line. Derek Hurst capped the seven-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 20-0 with 8:44 remaining in the second quarter.

Wills Point broke the Wildcats' defensive spell that had held opponents scoreless for five quarters on the following possession. The Tigers returned the ensuing kickoff to near midfield then marched down to the Rains 8-yard line in five plays. The Rains defense held the Tigers out of the end zone, but Tyler Wicks broke up the shutout with a 25-yard field goal to make the score 20-3.

Rains quickly responded with a five-play scoring drive of its own. Potts gave the Cats a 27-3 lead with a 58-yard touchdown run for his third touchdown of the game.

The Wildcats came out complacent in the second half, and Wills Point quarterback Taelor Brewer directed the Tigers on a six-play scoring drive on their first possession. Kyle Weaver pulled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to make the score 27-9 early in the third quarter..

From there each team's defense took over as neither team was able to sustain a drive until late in the fourth quarter.

With their hopes slipping away with every second ticking off the clock, the Tigers got new life when Brewer he found Weaver for a 61-yard touchdown pass. Wicks added the point-after kick to make it an 11-point game.

The attempt at an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff failed, and Rains was able to consume the final 80 seconds of the game for the win.

Rains finished the game with 220 yards rushing on 43 carries. Potts led the Cats with 114 yards on 12 carries. Mandel Christian followed with 69 yards on 12 carries.

Brewer guided Wills Point with 207 yards passing on 12-of-22 passing. Weaver was his leading receiver with 96 yards on three receptions.

Friday night the Wildcats will play host to the Quinlan Ford Panthers.

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