Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

November 1, 2006

STATE CHAMPIONS

The Wildcats go undefeated, win ORES state championship

TAHLEQUAH — High School football will wrap up the regular season this Friday, but the future stars at Woodall are already basking in the glory of a championship. This past Saturday the Woodall Wildcats posted a 36-16 victory over Rock Creek of Shawnee to win the seventh and eighth grade Oklahoma Rural Elementary Schools-Large School championship.

The Wildcats only in their third year with a football team took on some big opponent to finish the season undefeated. The Wildcats wrapped up the season this year, but they will be back. The team only had three eighth grade players this season.

“I thought we were going to be pretty good this season,” said Head Coach Greg Barnes. “However, I thought we might need another year because we were so young.”

Brian Jumper and Mark Thompson were two eighth grade players who took the lead for the Wildcats this season. Jumper, who started the season at guard, carried the ball for Woodall out of the tailback position, while Thompson made holes in the defense from his offensive guard position.

On defense, Jumper had to take on the roll as a lineman because of a lack of size on the team. He and Thompson anchored the defense from the defensive tackle positions with some help from the third eighth grader on the team, Kris Carr.

“We didn’t have much size, so we had to put Brian on the line on defense,” said Barnes. “We were quick and that helped us overcome our lack of size.”

Barnes touted the speed of his offensive backfield. Jumper along with twins Clayton and Kaylon Bollinger kept opposing defenses running all season. With Clayton at quarterback and brother Kaylon at fullback the Wildcats had an explosive offensive running game, but that was not all Woodall had for the opposing teams.

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