Wildcats top Zebras 49-13

By: Chayla Furlong Special to Gold Country Media
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Tonight’s first rainy game of the 2008 football season pitted the Whitney High Wildcats against the Lincoln Zebras. The two schools are located only a few miles apart, and in spite of the wet weather fans from both teams filled the stadium. Whitney took the victory 49-13. Whitney dominated the game early with a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Charlie Hetland to wide receiver Jake Snyder in the first minute of the game. Zack Graves rushed 92 yards to add another touchdown with only forty seconds left in the first quarter. He also contributed the third touchdown, and the Wildcats successfully completed a two-point conversion to bring the score to 21-0. Lincoln safety Ray Caster picked off a pass from Hetland early in the second quarter but the Zebras were unable to score in the first half. The second half showed the same authority from Whitney as it surged ahead to lead 49-0. But with only thirty seconds left in the game Lincoln turned the tables on Whitney after a strong push up the field. Mike Soto scored the first touchdown for Lincoln and a turnover gave the Zebras another chance. Quarterback Alex Stewart found Kyle Dawson in the end zone for the second Lincoln touchdown bringing the score to 49-13. Whitney had a total of 377 rushing yards while Graves led his team with 216 rushing yards and Hetland found Snyder for 148 yards receiving. Graves finished the night with five touchdowns. For Lincoln, Matt Paul was the leader in rushing with a total of 61 yards. Late-game contributors Alex Cowden and Renard Shaw had 60 and 31 rushing yards, respectively. Lincoln had a total of 204 rushing yards. Whitney head coach Mike Gimenez was proud of his players’ effort and execution. “It was really good,” Gimenez said. “Obviously our kids came out and executed and played flawless. “They are a really good team and we were worried about their size,” he added of Lincoln. “So I was happy that our kids were in there fighting.” Lincoln head coach Ken Lowe feels similarly of his team and their effort. “We tried to stay positive and gave our (second string) a look,” he said. “When it comes down to it, they (the second team) really scrap hard, and that’s their reward when they get into the end zone and they did do a good job there in the end.”