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November 18, 2013

H.S. Football: Game Balls Special End of Season Edition

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PALESTINE —

Mitchell and Gummelt seemed to go together well, for they both enjoyed making solid tackles and both enjoyed helping the Wildcats come away with a victory.

 

WESTWOOD

 

Youth grabbed a hold of the Panthers and wouldn’t let go.

Winning just one game on the season, the Panthers had trouble getting an offense going against several state-ranked opponents.

The ultimate turning point for the Panthers came just three games into the season. The Panthers had just come off a 54-48 overtime win against Huntington and things were looking up for Westwood. And then the streak that every coach doesn’t want to have happen, happened.

The Panthers were up against Brownsboro and they didn’t stand a chance.

Losing 34-6 was a wake up call that something needed to happen to save the season from going downhill fast. But, ultimately, injuries and youth got the better of the Panthers and they went on to lose the rest of their games. Look for Westwood to improve next year, due to the experience youth gained on the field this season.

 

ELKHART

 

Elkhart has one of the more interesting stories on the year.

A team that went 2-8 in the 2012 season finished 7-4 in the 2013 campaign behind the legs of senior running back Jeffery Wilson.

Funny as it may seem, the turning point for the Elks’ season was actually the first game against Alto.

Coming into the match, Elkhart was a massive underdog, for Alto was one of the top teams in Class 1A.

The Elks were able to go on the road and come away with a 36-35 win against the Yellowjackets, and that gave the team the confidence it needed to spark a playoff run this season.

In the preseason, the Dogwood Circle Magazine staff predicted that Jeffery Wilson, Zack McFarland and Gaje Smock would be returning leaders for this Elkhart team.

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