Wildcats fall short of playoff berth
Trumann (3-6, 2-4 4A-3) came into Friday night's game at Wildcat Field in search of a playoff berth. With a win by six or more, Trumann would have locked up the fifth and final playoff spot for the 4A-3 conference. Cave City played spoiler and cliched a playoff spot of their own with a 20-12 win.
Cave City used a trick play to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The runner looked to have fumbled the ball at the two-yard line with the ball rolling through and out of the end zone but it was ruled a score. The extra-point made it 7-0 Cave City with 11:45 left. Trumann responded with a drive of their own ending with Justin Liles finding Tre Simmons for a 22-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-6 Cavemen. The two-point try was no good. Cave City answered the Wildcats score with a score of their own with 2:17 left. The extra-point made it 14-6 Cave City. Trumann punted on their next possession and Cave City drove down to the Wildcats 29-yard line. Willie Moore picked up a Cave City fumble at the 32-yard line and returned it 26-yards to the Cavemen six-yard line with 16 seconds left.
Trumann was denied a score from the two-yard line as they turned the ball over on downs with 10:31 left in the second quarter. Cave City drove down to the Truamnn 16-yard line before turning the ball over on downs setting Trumann up for their next possession. The Wildcats drove down looking to score but back to back dropped passes by Grayson Dye turned the ball over the Cave City with 15 seconds left in the half.
Trumann was forced to punt on their first series of the second half before Cave City drove down for another touchdown with 6:29 left. The two-point try was no good leaving the score 20-6 Cavemen. The teams exchanged punts with Cain White getting a piece of the Cave City punt to give Trumann good field position headed to the fourth quarter.
The 'Cats drove down to the Cave City 15-yard line before Dye fumbled the ball with the Cavemen recovering with 11:54 left. The teams exchanged punts as the clock started to play a factor for the Wildcats. Cave City drove down inside the Truamnn 10-yard before coughing up the ball that was scooped up by Dye as he raced 95-yards for the score to make it 20-12 with 1:49 left in the game. The two-point try was no good for the Wildcats. Trumann tried an onside kick that Cave City recovered before they ran out the clock for the win.
"We left three possible scores out there, once inside the five and twice inside the twenty, we were our own worst enemy tonight," Trumann head coach Scott Waymire said after the game. "I was proud of our guys, I just think we left to many opportunities to score points out there tonight," Waymire added.
Liles finished the night with 76 yards passing with one touchdown as Simmons caught two balls for 56 yards a score. Moore and Dye each had a fumble recovery with Dye taking his back for a touchdown.