Im tired, said Price, who scored a on a 69-yard scamper early in the first quarter. That was a long game. We knew that any time you play an explosive offense like they have, you have to do whatever you can to to keep them off the field. We had some success early on, so we were confident in our run game. The backs made plays and the offensive line did a heck of a job blocking.
La Vergne senior quarterback C.J. Fore threw for 396 yards and five touchdowns, but penalties and a pair of turnovers limited the Wolverines to just six second-half points. Receivers Quin Jernigan and J.J. Horner were the primary beneficiaries of Fores big night, with each chipping in impressive performances of their own. Jernigan pulled in six catches for an eye-popping 209 yards and three touchdowns, while Horner added six more for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Weve got great receivers, said Fore. We didnt throw it as well last week (a 56-14 loss to arch rival Smyrna) but we worked all week and the passing game was good tonight.
Despite not completing a pass in the second half, the Wildcats turned a 28-17 deficit into a 31-28 advantage by the 11:33 mark of the fourth quarter when Wilson sprinted in from 54 yards out.
For La Vergne, a series of miscues prevented any real chance of regaining their first-half momentum. Up 28-24 early in the third quarter, the Wolverines drove all the way to the Wilson Central 8-yard line. However, Fores fourth-down pass to Chris Myers on a fake field goal fell incomplete, turning the ball back over on downs.
Two possessions later, trailing by 3, the Wolverines saw another golden opportunity slip away when a 22-yard run by Nick Jones ended in a fumble, recovered at the Wilson Central 9 by Wildcat safety Brad Cavanough. The La Vergne defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but a bad shotgun snap on the Wolverines first play after the punt gave the ball right back to Wilson Central at the La Vergne 30.
The Wolverines didnt go quietly however. Down 38-28, La Vergne showed life as Fore and Jernigan connected for the third time on the night, this one a 67-yarder that cut the score to 38-34 with just under four minutes remaining.
However, Wilson Central recovered the ensuing onside kick, adding a 2-yard Kyle Coombes touchdown run to ice the victory.
I never would have expected this after losing 56-14 last week, said Fore, who also led La Vergne with 82 yards rushing. But we fought and kept fighting. We dont like that we lost, but this is a young team and we are only going to get better. We just have to keep working.
Fore owned the opening quarter, connecting on 8-of-12 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The senior found Jernigan for strikes of 62 and 34 yards and added a 35-yarder to Horner in between.
However, Wilson Central pulled back the momentum in the second quarter. The Wildcats ran 19 plays to La Vergnes four through the first 11:11 of the period, scoring on a 2-yard run by Jordan Wilson and a 27-yard field goal by Brad Cavanough.
The 49 seconds left on the clock after Cavanoughs kick were 10 seconds more than Fore needed. The senior connected with Jernigan for 27, with Maleik Gray for 32. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Fore then found Horner for the second time this one from 12 yards out - with just 10 seconds remaining to put La Vergne up 28-17 heading into the intermission.