Mattawan’s season ended by Parma Western

By: 
Haley Hagen • couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
Mattawan’s Max Huntley (34) finds some room to roam and steps out ahead of his Parma Western pursuer during Friday night’s playoff game. The Wildcats were the first to score, but lost some momentum in the second quarter and fell behind. Huntley scored a two-point conversion after a Wildcat touchdown in the third quarter to tie the game at 14, where the score remained to the end, sending the teams into overtime.   Haley Hagen photo

   The Mattawan Wildcat football team suffered a tough season- ending loss Friday evening at Parma against the 8-1 Western Panthers. The Wildcats played an impressive game but lost in overtime, 21-14.
   Mattawan scored the first points of the game, finding the endzone after a failed field goal attempt by the Panthers. The first  quarter ended in Mattawan’s favor, 6-0, but Parma Western took control at the end of the second period. 
   With just two minutes left in the first half, Western had worked its way down field and across the goal line. Then, on the last play of the half, Western took a 14-6 lead on an 80-yard pick 6. The Wildcats tied the game at 14 in the third quarter when a pass from quarterback Jalen Jones found John Herman in the endzone. With 5:00 left in the third quarter, Mattawan tied the score as Max Huntley ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.
   Although they would come close, neither team found the endzone again during regulation time, forcing the game into overtime.
   Mattawan opened the extra session on defense, but Western ran the ball into the endzone, taking the lead, 21-14. The Wildcats’ chance to tie the game fell just short of the goal. On a fourth down, just five yards out from the endzone, Mattawan’s season  ended when the Parma Western defense put a huge stop on the Wildcats at the one yard line.
   Mattawan closed out the season with a 5-5 record. 

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