It was supposed to be a neutral site for the first round of the playoffs. However, the Jr. Wildcats call it home field and any team that comes to Keller Memorial stadium should be prepared for one thing – Pain. For the first time in Jr. Wildcats history, all teams in the organization have advanced to the semi-final round of the playoffs at the same time after wins this weekend by the A, B & C teams.7 & 8
The 7 & 8 came into the game as a 2 seed. The game started slowly for the Wildcats as they fell behind 14-7. After that, the Jr. Wildcats remembered where they were playing. The defense came out with hard hitting as the offense came alive scoring 29 unanswered points in route to a 36-14 victory. There were some accusations of dirty hitting but as with any hard hits, they proved to be baseless. When asked about the hits one 7 & 8 coach had this to say: “If you don’t want the “Pah-yow” put on your team, don’t step on the field with the Jr. Wildcats”. The 7 & 8 team now moves into the Semi-Final round of the playoffs to face the West Feliciana Saints. This game holds a special significance due to the fact that it was the West Feliciana Saints that defeated the 7 & 8 team last year in the SELFL Superbowl. It’s time for the Jr. Wildcats to settle all bets. Payback ain’t no joke.11 & 12
The 11 & 12 came into this game hungry after dropping the regular season finale to Hammond on the last play of the game. They seemed to be still feeling the effects of that loss as they fell behind early 13-7. However, that didn’t stop them from shaking off the fog and igniting both sides of the ball. The defense clamped down and the offense exploded for 19 unanswered points to take the victory 26-13 and advance to the semi-final round of the playoffs. No one from the coaching staff were unavailable for comment on the game. An unflattering article from earlier in the season soured the team spokesmen to commenting to the media. The team prefers to let their play on the field speak for them. So far, they are making plenty of noise.9 & 10
In what proved to be the most impressive game of the 3, the 4th seeded 9 & 10 year old team faced the 1st seeded West Feliciana Saints. The Saints boasted an unblemished record as they sailed through their regular season schedule going 8-0. However, they were not prepared to face the fury that the undersized 9 & 10 team was about to unleash. The game started with an onside kick attempt that was fully expected. However, the Wildcats were not able to cover the ball and the Saints took possession in Wildcats territory. It didn’t take long for the Saints to capitalize as they marched down a short field for the opening score. The Saints recovered a second consecutive onside kick and again scored. However, the Jr. Wildcats didn’t get discouraged; they got mad. After finally being able to recover the onside kick attempt, the Jr. Wildcats offense got a chance to show what it could do. Led by 9 year old starting QB Ja’Kai Johnson, RB Kaden Foster and 10 year old WB PJ and RB Demonte Joseph, the Jr. Wildcats took little time showing the much larger West Feliciana Saints that they would not be pushed around. The Jr. Wildcats offense moved the ball at will down the field taking in their first possession for a TD. Next it was time for the defense to step up and step up they did stopping the Saints much vaunted “hide behind the line” offense for losses on consecutive plays giving the offense back the ball. After moving into scoring position, a prime opportunity appeared to have been lost when Johnson forgot the snap count and the hike sailed passed him. However, the offensive line provided him enough time to recover as he picked up the fumble and sailed around the left sideline for the score leaving the game tied going into the half. The second half belonged to the Jr. Wildcats as the offensive line took control of the game. The Jr. Wildcats never looked back going on to win the game 29-19. Wayland Martin, former director and coach for the Jr. Wildcats organization had this to say. “Our kids wanted this game because no body gave us a chance. Coach Rob, Coach P'Tot and all the coaches did a hell of a job today. This is the team that I knew we had. This is the team that we will be for the rest of year. We can beat anybody if we play together. It don’t matter how big a team is. We are not going to let anyone come into our house and beat us on our field.” The 9 & 10 now advance to the semi-finals to face a New Orleans Panthers team that was gift-wrapped a victory earlier in the season on their home field. However, this game won’t be played in Harvey. This game won’t feature the same officiating and the Panthers will face a different 9 & 10 year old team than they did early this month. The Panthers called down the thunder. Well the Jr. Wildcats are bringing it and hells coming with them. HELL IS COMING WITH THEM!
The Jr. Wildcats organization has placed all four of its teams into the SELFL 2014 playoffs semi-finals this weekend at Glen Oaks
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