Cats' can't start steak of their own

Jamie Theesfeld
Several West Central defenders attempt to bring down Galva/Williamsfield quarterback Spencer Clark on a rushing attempt during first-half action in Friday’s game in Galva. The Heat spoiled the Wildcats’ homecoming with a 48-24 win.

After an impressive showing in its first win of the season last week, the host Galva/Williamsfield football team took a step backward Friday, falling to the West Central Heat, 48-24, in the Wildcats’ homecoming game.

It was the first win of the season for the Heat. The Wildcats, who broke a 17-game losing streak last week, dropped to 1-4.

“The last few games, we played as a team,” said G-W coach Jeff Schmulbach. “We broke down a little in that area. We have to sit down and see if we can get back to playing as a team.”

The Wildcats also had a breakdown defensively, that showing on the Heat’s opening drive of the game.

Aided by three offsides penalties by the Wildcats, West Central scored on a touchdown run of Jacob Waterman. The Wildcats could never fully recover.

The Heat managed to build a 24-6 halftime advantage and maintained it thoughout the second half.

“The biggest problem was our undisciplined defense,” Schmulbach said. “We had bunches of blown assignments and mental lapses, and that led to some of their scores. The last two weeks, we played well defensively.

“We lost our heads early and by the time we were ready to play, we were down 16-0,” he added. “It’s hard to get down two touchdowns and come back against a decent team like West Central.”

The Wildcats managed to produce 18 second-half points, but couldn’t slow down West Central’s running game.

Waterman rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns.

On the other hand, the Wildcats produced a lot of their yardage in the air.

“Give West Central credit, they forced us to pass,” Schmulbach said. “They put eight guys on the line and forced us to pass over them. And we had some success doing that. Our passing game is starting to come along.”

The game’s scoring plays and G-W’s stats were not turned as of press time Tuesday.

The Wildcats close out a three-week homestand by hosting Lewistown on Friday.