After taking a big loss in their opening night game on Sept. 4, the Clarksville Wildcats played their home opener on Friday, Sept. 11 and defeated Rockvale convincingly with a 49-28 final score.
The Rockets opened the game by scoring first and the two teams were eventually tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Wildcats offense began to soar, scoring three straight touchdowns to go up 35-14 at halftime.
They eventually scored once more to lead 42-14, their largest of the night, before Rockvale began to claw back but never got within two touchdowns.
“We just played a lot better,” said CHS head coach Isaac Shelby. “Our receivers did a lot better on the edge. We didn’t turn it over. It was a lot better night for us.”
After throwing three interceptions against Stewarts Creek, sophomore quarterback Davin Garinger bounced back with a strong night to lead the offense to its big performance, this time throwing three touchdowns.
While the defense still has a long way to go, Shelby said that he saw improvement between their first and second games.
“We’ve still got to continue to tackle better,” he said. “We still had some lapses there. We’ll work on that this week, but we really focused on getting lined up correctly and playing good football.”
The Wildcats moved senior day up to their first home game to ensure they would be able to honor the class of 2021. The team paid its gratitude to seniors Jeremiah Martin, Michael Kennedy, Nekoda Clark, Devonte Holmes, Elijah McGaha, Hayden Winn, Jaquise Young, Harrison Trice, Caleb Crow, Jonathan Payne, Bradley Brown, Coltyn Stansberry, Keaton Huff, Kyler Smith, Kyelar Edwards, Clay Kirkland and Nick Edwards.
In a year full of uncertainty, Shelby was glad to be able to give the seniors their own night capped with a victory.
“It’s just cool,” he said. “You want to make sure that happens. It’s hard to tell what the future holds. Everybody’s going week-by-week right now. It was a good thing for them and I’m glad they didn’t miss out on it.”
Now 1-1, the Wildcats will travel to face the Henry County Patriots (2-2, 1-0) on Friday, Sept. 18 in a rematch of the 2019 Division I Class 5A second round playoffs.