The Walnut Grove football teams finished their season with tough games against Worley and Howard.
The White team started its final stretch of games with a 12-6 victory against Worley.
The game was scoreless in the first quarter until the Wildcats moved the ball and Alan Gonzales burst off tackle and scooted 24 yards for a touchdown with 2:57 left in the half.
The Wildcat defense played well led by Vincent Vang, Kyle Miller, Bendan Vang, Layton Smith, Preston Godfrey and Jasiyah Knox. Jeremiah Cox and Nathan Madrano had a great pass breakups to end Worley possessions.
The offense drove the ball again and scored on an 11-yard run by Nathan Madrano.
Worley scored late in the game, but the Wildcats would not be denied their victory.
The team couldn't build on the momentum and lost to Howard 19-6.
The wildcats fell behind early, but they stayed strong as they were able to move the ball and strung together several first downs. But the drive ended with a turnover deep in Howard territory.
The Wildcats trailed 12-0 at the half and received the second half kick off. They moved the ball down the field again and stalled deep in Knight territory.
Howard committed a turnover and the Wildcats wasted no time scoring as Nathan Madrono ran the ball off the left side to make it 12-6. The Knights struck quickly once more to make the final score 19-6.
Outstanding plays for the White team came from Chip King, Nathan Madrono, Jasiyah Knox, Vincent Vang, Alan Gonzalez, Landen Goerig, Preston Godfry and Brayden McDaniel.
The Blue team lost to Worley 28-20.
The Wildcats came out on fire as Dylan Cuffin had a tremendous hit knocking the ball loose on the opening kick off. The Wildcats pounced on the ball and two plays later, the Peyton Culberson connected with Noah Parker on a 25-yard pass and catch.
Worley returned a kick 78 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. The Wildcats went back down the field and scored on a pass from Culberson to Samek to make the score 14-8.
The ensuing kick off was another scare, but Brayden Wright made a great play to stop another big return. The Tigers scored shortly there after.
The Tigers kicked the ball back to Walnut Grove, but the ball slipped through the paws of the Wildcats and the Tigers claimed the ball. Worley went down and scored once more to make the halftime score 22-14.
It was a defensive struggle in the second half as both teams scored just one touchdown. The final tally came on a pass from Culberson to Dylan Cuffin.
Offensive standouts were Noah Parker, Kaden Jones, Noah Waxler, Bodie Wilkerson and Parker Tims. Defensively, Kaden Jones had an interception and Logan Augustine had pass break up. Brayden Wright and Noah Parker made some outstanding plays.
The Blue team played tough, but lost to Howard 26-6.
The Walnut Grove Blue Wildcats gave up an early first quarter touchdown, but good defense stopped Howard's point after attempt.
Walnut Grove started a drive down the field with Dylan Cuffin advancing the ball as he pounded the middle. The offensive line, Noah Waxler and Kyle Penwarden provided adequate blocking as they opened holes for the backs.
The Wildcats' drive stalled and they had to punt to Howard. The Knights scored again in the second quarter to make the score 13-0 at intermission.
The Wildcats put up a good fight driving the ball down the field before the knights picked off an errant pass. The Knights took advantage of the Wildcat mistake and scored again to make the score 26-0.
On the ensuing kick off, the good blocking of the return team allowed Nolan Samek to scoot down the sideline on a 75-yard touchdown return.
The Knights drove the ball down the field, but the Widcatís rose up and had a terrific goal-line stand. Players that played well were: Jacob Walser and Tyrese Barnes, who recovered fumbles, and Nolan Samek, who intercepted a pass. Alfonso Moreno had a tackle for a big loss, Noah Parker played well on offense and defense.