Wildcats lose opener to Highland 54-6

  • Cody Cates
    Cody Cates
  • Isaiah Ontiveros
    Isaiah Ontiveros

HIGHLAND – Grady’s football season started with a 54-6 road loss to the Highland Hornets last Friday.

Despite the lopsided score, the game was not a loss in the eyes of coach Chris Short.

“The kids fought hard, never gave up, and improved as the game went on,” stated Short. “All the players have a positive attitude and we continue learning the new offense and defense.”

One area Grady looks to improve on is it conditioning. “With only 10 players, conditioning is still a factor,” said Short. “As the game went on, we did get tired. We have to get into better shape.”

Over the past week the Wildcats have worked on several aspects of their game hoping to beat Loraine on Friday.

Loraine is a team with great speed and can throw the ball well.

In order for the Wildcats to earn their first victory the defense will have to defend both the run and the pass and tackle well.

Grady will look to control the clock with its ground game in an attempt to stay out of a scoring shootout.

Caden Hayes had a big game for the Wildcats throwing for 55 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 25 yards.

Isaiah Ontiveros had 55 yards and one touchdown receiving and four yards for Grady while Kody Cates gained one yard on the ground.

Defensively, Grady was led by Ontiveros with eight tackles. Frankie Jimenez finished the game with five tackles followed by Hayes with four, McAnally three, Cates three and Arath Alarcon two.

Grady will be in Loraine on Friday with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.