By Lonnie Turner
The Dillon Wildcats just seem to re-load every year and 2018 is no exception. The Cats have Nemo Squires up from last years Junior Varsity and transfer running back, TyQuan King stepping into the backfield with a lot of speed and in two scrimmages, both have run touchdowns to compliment junior signal caller Jay Lester’s aerial attack and scrambling ability. He completed four of five passes for 115 yards.
Scotland County had the chance to meet them in Lumberton on Thursday night. The Cats wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with Squires scoring from a yard out after Lester combined with Corrian Wright for a first down pass on the opening play to get to the SC 32-yard line. A 23-yard scramble by Lester set up the TD, but the PAT attempt failed.
The Nasty Cat defense allowed four first downs, but held at the Wildcat 5. On the first play of the following series, Lester had the Wildcats back in scoring position on a 78-yard pass to Ahmari Huggins-Bruce to the Scotland 16. Three plays later, Huggins-Bruce was in the end zone on the receiving end of a 19-yard toss by Lester and a 12-0 lead. An attempt at a two-point conversion failed when Corrian Wright was stopped at the one.
After Scotland scored on a 38-yard pass to start the second quarter, the Wildcats put together a 65-yard scoring drive with King carrying the ball four times for 43 yards and running the last 22 to give the Cats an 18-7 victory.
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The Wildcats scored 22 points in the first half against the Darlington Falcons and cruised to a 30-0 win on Friday. QB Jay Lester and freshman running back, Nemo Squires carried the load on the first offensive possession with Lester doing most of the damage in the 55-yard drive. He rushed three times in three plays scoring from 9 yards out to take a 6-0 lead with 7:14 left in the quarter.
Corrian Wright picked up where he left off a year ago in the defensive backfield, picking off a first down pass attempt at the wildcat 40 on Darlington’s second possession and ten plays later, transfer TyQuan King bolted into the end-zone from a yard out and a two touchdown lead. Lester hit Daman Ladson over the middle for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead with 2:48 left in the quarter.After the defense held the Falcons to three and out, Lester and company went 51 yards in 7 plays with Lester passing 7 yards to Squires for a three touchdown lead with 27 seconds remaining in the quarter. Lester passed complete to Ahmari Huggins-Bruce for the two-point conversion.
The Dillon coaching staff wen to the bench for the entire second quarter with back-up quarterback BoBo McKinnon leading the team.Nigel George took over most of the running, carrying eight times for 51 yards and scored the final touchdown from two yards out. He also ran the two-point conversion for the 30-0 win.
The Wildcats will be at home to take on the Pirates of Lumberton, NC, this coming Friday! Booster Club tickets are still plentiful at the high school office and yours truly still has a few.