County football results

Friday, November 14, 2014

I recently had a chance to sit down with the Junior Wildcats head coach Cody Wallis and talk about the football season his team had. Trumann captured the 4A-3 conference title but fell short of a perfect season with a 14-14 tie in the season finale against Highland.

"It was a great season, we had high expectations going in," head coach Cody Wallis said of his team. "We wanted to finish undefeated, but it's a lot to build from. Any time you get a conference championship, it's a good season," Wallis added.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Junior Wildcats used a punishing ground game to average over 299 yards per game with an impressive eight yards per carry. Cade Gartman had a stellar season finishing with 1307 yards on 123 carries and11 touchdowns. Koltan Jones ran for 567 yards on 67 carries with nine touchdowns. Preston Heavener bruised his way to 314 yards on 45 carries with five touchdowns and Payton Hill finished with 239 yards on 35 carries and three touchdowns. "Our offensive line was the strength of our team," Wallis said. Most of the offensive line were second year starters and the experience showed. That group included Jarred Carter, Jon Dunman, Chase Cook, Zack Burchfield, Patrick Johnson, Matthew Whitlock, Connor Barker and Gavin Dunahoo. Issac Haynie ran the Junior Wildcat offense until an injury finished his season. Will Ryan White took over the reins for Trumann. "Will Ryan stepped in as an eighth-grader and did a fantastic job for us," Wallis said of his young signal caller.

"In the four years I've been here, this is the most aggressive defense I've seen. They were not afraid to hit you," Wallis said. The defensive line, consisting of Carter, Dunman, Cook, Burchfield and Barker, was a strong point for the team and gave teams trouble running inside and with Gartman and Jay Taylor Morgan on the outside, teams were not very lucky going to the outside as well. "Gartman and Jay Taylor were not afraid to come up and stick you," Wallis said of his two linebackers. Heavenver played a linebacker spot as White, Kaleb Keizer, Chandler Richardson and Jones played the secondary for the Junior Wildcats. Trumann's speed on defense gave teams trouble all throughout the year. The Junior Wildcats defense allowed 11 points a game. Garman led the team in tackles with 42 followed by Dunman (28), Morgan (22) and Jones (20). White had two interceptions on the season.

Asked what he thought this freshman class would leave on this program, Wallis said, "They left a foundation of success, most of these guys have been two year starters. They've put in the time during the summer and I think the kids behind them, even our seventh grade bunch, have seen their hard work and what they achieved from that hard work. They've showed what it takes to be CHAMPIONS!!"

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