PALESTINE — With the season being over for all of the area teams except for Oakwood (who plays on Friday night against Abbott), it’s time to look back at the 2013 football season for each of the area teams and see what each team accomplished.
The Wildcats had one of the most emotional seasons this year in football.
The magical run ended in the first round of the playoffs when Palestine was driving the ball with three minutes left in the game against Jasper.
The Wildcats fumbled the ball and all hope of moving on to the next round was gone.
While that moment may stick around for a lot of Wildcat fans, the real moments happened this year during the season.
For a stretch of about a month into the Wildcats’ season, they had a good amount of players injured. Then, after the bye week once everyone got healthy, the Wildcats got on a roll.
They finished the season from that point with a 3-1 record in district play and made it to the playoffs.
Players before the season who were expected to stand out for the Wildcats included running backs Ben Luckett and Jarrell Owens and lineman Brian Thlang.
All three of these players stood out this season, and all three are going to be headed to college next fall, Luckett and Thlang with the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Owens with Texas Christian University.
A few others players who stood out this season on the offensive side of the ball for the 7-4 Wildcats were quarterback Gee Clark, wide receiver Sheldon Watson and offensive lineman Eric Gonzalez. Each of these players developed over the course of the season and had a great impact on the team, as well as others for the Wildcats.
On defense, two players that stood out in my eyes were Isaiah Mitchell and Brian Gummelt.