To say the least, last Thursday night was unexpected. The muddy field made it impossible to run or make any moves. That was just the beginning. Quarterback Jason Welsh ʼ13 went out on just the second play of the game, a move that forced the Wildcats to change their entire game plan. To make matters worse, fullback Mitchell Mayer ʼ13 was also injured during the game and the Wildcats fell 51-0 against Trinity Classical Christian.
The night started with high expectations for the Wildcats who were trying to make a statement in their first Heritage League game. The team turned to Slater Girocco ʼ15 to play Quarterback, and seniors Gabe Freeman ʼ13 and Jonah Lavin ʼ13 also took snaps.
Girocco did a good job of reading the defense and knowing when to keep the ball and run. Freeman primarily ran but also completed a 30 yard pass to Harris Girocco ʼ13.
Welsh’s return is probable the next game against Lancaster Baptist. Mayer, on the other hand, suffered a slightly torn meniscus and is out for two to four weeks, likely ending his season and Milken football career. The Wildcats are going to need some of their younger players to step in for their big loss.