Friday nights football game between your West Ashley High School Wildcats and the undefeated and the Knights of Stratford High, who entered the game ranked 5th in the state. It was a defensive struggle that ultimately was decides by turnovers as the Knights ended up blanking WAHS 21-0 to continue their quest for a state championship.
The Wildcats actually held the high-powered Stratford offense, led by highly touted quarterback Jacob Park to only 236 yards. WAHS intercepted Park held him to just one two-yard passing touchdown. The Knights defense was also very stingy, holding the Wildcats to only 125 yards.
The Wildcats spotted the Knights a 7-point lead in the first quarter when a blocked punt was fumbled around into the end zone with a Stratford player finally recovering it for a touchdown. The rest of the half was pretty muh both defenses holding each other near the middle of the field. However, in the second quarter the Wildcats mounted a drive to the Stratford 12-yard line but their hopes and momentum were crushed when they lost a fumble. Stratford took a one-touchdown lead into the break.
The second half was more of the same for WAHS. An interception by Wildcats quarterback Pedro Manigault on their own 32 insured a short field for the Knights and they capitalized with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Park.
Later in the fourth quarter Stratford scored on a 52 yard run to finish off the scoring for the evening leaving the final score 21-0.
The road does not get easier for the Wildcats who must travel this Thursday, Oct. 31 to take on the state powerhouse Goose Creek Gators for Halloween edition of the Thursday Night Lights Game of the Week.

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