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West Central Wildcats surge past Mustangs

Sunday, June 19, 2011

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The West Central Wildcats emerge from the tunnel prepared for a dominating second half against the KC Mustangs on Saturday night. [Order this photo]
By MATT MCKINNEY

Times Staff Reporter

TERRE HAUTE -- The West Central Wildcats rebounded from last Saturday's 20-11 loss to the Indiana Generals in their season opener to get a dominant 34-0 win Saturday against the Kosciuscko County Mustangs.

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Robbie Hoole (No. 1) makes a cut during a second half run for the Mustangs. [Order this photo]
After the Mustangs' first drive sputtered out, West Central took a quick lead on a trick play. Quarterback Cogan Keith pitched the ball to tight end Derek Thompson, who looked downfield and found wide receiver Mike Landry for a 43-yard touchdown pass.

The extra point was missed, and the Wildcats took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

What started bad for Kosciuscko County quickly became worse on the following drive. After starting on their own 20, the Mustangs fumbled the ball and lost 13 yards. They couldn't get any rhythm going and were forced to punt, giving the Wildcats a short field to work with.

West Central made lemonade from KC's lemons as Keith found Landry for a screen pass the wide receiver took to the house.

Kicker Logan Valentine's extra point was good as the Wildcats' lead extended to 13-0.

On the Mustangs' next drive, the ball was fumbled and West Central's LaVon Carter recovered it on Kosciuscko County's 43-yard line. On the following play from scrimmage, running back Chris Stepp took the ball 25 yards. However, a holding penalty stifled the Wildcats' drive, and Valentine's 28-yard kick was no good.

Early in the second quarter, Keith again found Landry for a 37-yard touchdown pass, bringing the Wildcats' lead to 20-0 after the extra point.

"Mike's very talented," West Central head coach Mike Rindone said of his wide receiver, who scored four touchdowns. "Cogan had a really good game too. But I still think we're not firing on all cylinders, that is evident."

Late in the second, the Wildcats scored their fourth touchdown of the night as Keith hit Thompson for a 15-yard touchdown. Helping to set up the play was running back Rob Hoole, who scampered for a 32-yard gain earlier in the drive.

Valentine's extra point kick was good, and the Wildcats lead became 27-0.

West Central continued to pour it on in the third quarter as Landry ran into the end zone for a 15-yard score.

In the game's final quarter, both teams called off the dogs and ran out the clock, securing the 34-0 victory for the Wildcats.

Rindone was proud of his team's defensive efforts Saturday night as they posted their first shutout of the year. "Defensively we played fantastic," Rindone said. "A shutout is what we wanted."

The Wildcats move to 1-1 and will play at the Wanee Hurricanes this Saturday at 4 p.m.