LA A second-half rally by Wilson Central proved too much for La Vergne as the Wolverines fell 26-12 at “The Den” Friday night.
La Verge (0-2) took the lead into halftime thanks to a strong performance from its rushing tandem of Willie Cowan and Daryl James, along with some timely passing from first-year quarterback C. J. Fore.
Wilson Central opened the scoring with a goal line draw from quarterback Jordan Roundtree, but La Vergne (2-0) found its offensive rhythm in the second quarter.
The Wolverines drove the length of the field on their first scoring drive before Cowan marched into the end zone virtually untouched on a 30-yard carry.
“Cowan was able to get to the block point at the line of scrimmage before he made his first move,” said La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens. “Cowan’s pretty good. He just made one guy missed and then outrun everyone else.”
On the very next drive, La Vergne found paydirt again when Fore scrambled out of the pocket before firing a laser into the back of the end zone to receiver J.J. Horner for six.
Fore completed five of his seven first-half attempts for 65 yards in the, and the Wolverines led 12-6 at the break.
However, Wilson Central (2-0) had not had its final say and came out of the half a different team both offensively and defensively.
The Wildcats’ run defense was stifling in the second half and held the Wolverines’ offense to only four first downs after the break.
“They made some adjustments, and they put eight or nine men in the box,” said Stevens. “We just couldn’t block that many guys. We had problems getting the ball out in our pass game because they had so many guys overloading our pass protection and filling up the run lanes.”
On offense, Wilson Central fullback Trey Givens acted as the team’s workhorse taking the brunt of the offensive carries.
Givens finished the night with 89 yards on 11 carries and a rushing touchdown.
Fellow running back Gabe Angels helped seal the deal with a pair of jet sweeps around the left side that put the game out of reach for La Vergne.