Cats-Trojans showdown on Thursday

Thursday night game

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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - The Wildcats have stars, but need unity.
Photo by: Isaac Babcock - The Wildcats have stars, but need unity.
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The Winter Park Wildcats will extend a streak to three wins if they can beat Evans this Thursday. But they’ll have to make it through one of the best Trojans teams in more than a decade, with five straight wins to start the season.

That impressive Evans record includes a 35-7 pantsing of East Ridge on Oct. 7.

Every one of the Trojans’ wins has been a high-scoring affair, with Evans averaging five touchdowns per game. Meanwhile they’ve held opponents to an average of less than two touchdowns per game.

The Wildcats (3-2) had some hiccups early in the season but are working on a two-game win streak of their own heading into their showdown at Showalter against the Trojans. And they’ve shown some offensive spunk of their own, averaging nearly four touchdowns per game in the process.

The game starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at home.


The Eagles (3-2) are recovering nicely from a two-game skid that started the season. They’re on a three-game streak after a blowout win over Winter Springs.

The Eagles scored fast and consistently against the Bears on Oct. 6, winning 47-13. In that wild game, quarterback J.B. Woodman found his arm again, lighting up the Bears’ defense for 394 yards in the air, including four touchdowns, en route to the win. The Eagles also went wild on the ground, rushing for 218 yards to add up to 612 yards, by far their best game of the season.

Much of that yardage came courtesy of Alton Howard, who ran for 87 yards and caught 167 yards worth of airmail.

After the half, the Eagles shut down the Bears’ offense, holding them scoreless in the next two quarters.

Edgewater rides their wave of wins into the biggest game they’ve had all season, kicking off at home against Dr. Phillips at 7 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Phillips is undefeated at 5-0 this season, averaging more than five touchdowns per game.

Winter Park JV

Freshman running back Elliot Hammond rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and freshman quarterback J. P. Colton passed for two more scores as the Winter Park JV football team posted a convincing 41-0 victory over Wekiva at Showalter Field last week. It was the Wildcats’ second consecutive shutout and boosted their overall record to 3-1.

“We dominated on both sides of the ball, which allowed us to play most of our 32 players who dressed out. It was a total team effort,” Coach Scott Hillman said.

Winter Park scored its most points of the season, recovered four fumbles and freshman linebacker Malik Chapman chipped in with a pass interception.

Freshman running back Travis Jones got the Cats on the board with an 8-yard scamper in the first quarter, followed by Hammond’s three scores and two TDs by sophomore wide receiver/tight end Chase Stutts, who was on the receiving end of Colton’s scoring strikes. That gives the Colton-to-Stutts connection a total of six TDs for the year.

The Winter Park JV will play Monday, Oct. 17, in a makeup game at University. The Cats host East River at Showalter Field on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.


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