Football / October 6, 2019 By Kasey McDowell
A much needed spark for Coach Myears Mulvane Football team was lit this past Friday evening as the Wildcats traveled to Coffeyville for a non-conference matchup against the Golden Tornadoes. The Cats faced them for the first time last season and came out ahead with a 28-20 win. The score was not even close this time as the Wildcats put up 47 points on the Tornadoes in the first 3 quarters.
The Cats struck first when Sophomore Mason Ellis found the end zone with 7 yard run at 9:05 in the first quarter, topped off by Freshman Chase Dieker PAT kick. The Wildcats continued the momentum when Senior Caleb Mader intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards for the first TD of his career (PAT failed).
At 4:55 in the second quarter, Ellis found the end zone again with an impressive 41 yard run for his second TD of the game (2 Pt conv failed). The defense came up big again when Senior Matt Beyer intercepted a pass and ran it 20 yards to the 14 yard line. Mulvane scored quickly with a trick play, a reverse pass from Sophomore Hunter Seier to Mason Ellis for a 14 yard TD pass (Dieker PAT good).
Caleb Mader came up big again by causing a fumble after an 8 yard completion to Darell Jones and Senior CJ Johnson jumped on the ball to give Mulvane the possession with 3:06 left in the half. Senior Cole Diffenbaugh added another Mulvane score at the 0:18 mark with a nice 41 yard TD run (Dieker PAT good). The Tornadoes returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for their only TD of the half. The Cats went into halftime with a 33-6 lead.
Ellis added two more TD runs in the 3rd quarter, 30 yards at the 8:58 mark and a 1 yd TD run at the 5:13 mark to make the score 47-6 and triggered the running clock for the rest of the game. Field Kindley added another touchdown of their own at the 2:30 mark of the 4th quarter to bring the final score to 47-12.
The Wildcats put up 361 rushing yards and 81 passing yards, for a total of 442 yards and 7 touchdowns on the Tornadoes. Coach Steve Nelson's defense played a great game holding Coffeyville to only 98 yards rushing and 132 passing for a total of 230 yards, a good chuck of that in the second half of the game.
The Wildcats have been plagued with injuries this season with Junior Tab Creekmore out for the season with an ACL injury, Ellis missed a game and a half with a neck injury, and Senior Gage Gerlach is out for the season with a broken leg. The Cats hope to finish the season strong as they face Rose Hill (away), El Dorado (homecoming), and Wellington (Senior Night) before the start of the state playoffs.
Complete Game State can be found here.