West Ashley High School had an all-around successful Sertoma Classic this past Thursday night. Not only did the Wildcat cheerleaders lead all competitors last and captured the coveted Spirit Award, but in the passing competition for the cheerleaders, Maddie Johnson completely outdistanced all other schools in the football toss. However, it was the WAHS football team that really had the West Ashley faithful cheering last week as fans caught a glimpse of what could be a breakout year for the Wildcats.
Explosive junior quarterback Pedro Manigault ran for a touchdown and threw for another. While the running game was clicking as the offensive line opened up holes for junior running back Cameron Byas. The Wildcat defense looked impressive, blanking the Islanders in the 19-0 victory.
The offense got on board early with a 28 yard-run by Manigault, who pulled away from defenders en route for the first score of the night. The extra point attempt was converted by placekicker Caroline Cashion, who returns for her senior year after recovering from offseason knee surgery, stemming from a soccer injury.
Manigault was not done for the evening, however, as he completed a 22-yard pass to Byas to give the Wildcats a 13-0 lead, following a missed PAT. Later in the game, Byas also scampered into the end zone on a 5-yard run and Cashion converted the extra point, giving the Wildcats a commanding 19-0 lead that they would hold on to the rest of the night.
While Manigault and Byas found the endzone, the WAHS defensive unit was the real standouts of the night, stymying the St. John’s offense, which was unsuccessful in moving the ball all game.
While there is much excitement following the Wildcat’s shutout Sertoma victory and many have high hopes for the team in 2013, they will be tested early when they officially open the regular season against defending back-to-back II-AA state champs Bishop England High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, August 29 at Wildcat Stadium.

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