Wildcats outlasted by Celtics

By Steve Sell
September 11, 2016

BUHLER — When the Moundridge offense catches up to its defense, the Wildcat football team might be on to something.

The MHS defense was stout throughout Saturday’s game with Trinity Catholic, but the Celtics gutted out a 14-8 victory to send the Wildcats to 0-2 on the season, although they have played two of the toughest teams on their schedule.

The teams were to have played on Friday in Moundridge, but rain and lightning forced a postponement and gave the teams a chance to play on Buhler’s artificial surface.

Nolan Hughes’ 64-yard TD run in the third quarter proved to be the difference as that pushed the Celtics to a 14-0 lead. Moundridge’s score came with 4:45 remaining in the third quarter as Anthony Otte hooked up with Noah Eichelberger for a 2-yard flip. That duo also combined for a 2-point conversion.

It was a defensive slugfest as the Wildcats held the Celtics to 225 yards, but managed only 150 themselves. Otte was 16 of 29, but for only 95 yards. Damian Calderin and Eichelbeger had five and four catches, respectively. Brandon Porter and Jerod Kaufman were the top tacklers.

It’s another tough one for the Wildcats on Friday as they host Ell-Saline.