Wildcats claim Canton Passing League title
While mid-June usually means the Seiling football team is hard at work in the weight room, Coach Gary Manuel and the Wildcats got one last chance to buckle up the chin straps when they traveled to Canton for a two-day, four-team passing league. After playing in a series of exhibitions on the first night, Seiling won the tournament to close out the event, with a win over the host-Tigers.
The Wildcats led off the tournament by dropping a game to the Okeene Whippets, before defeating Beaver by a wide enough margin to make it to the final game against Canton. Both Okeene and Beaver will be playing as independent teams at the 8-man level in 2019, after choosing to drop from the 11-man ranks this past offseason.
Seiling went on to defeat Canton, scoring their fifth touchdown to take the lead with less than three minutes to play on a fourth down pass that Coy Louthan snagged merely a foot off the ground. When the Tigers couldn’t answer on the next drive, the Wildcats simply need one first down to ensure that the clock would expire. Instead, Hammons hit Brandon Stanard on a deep touchdown pass to put the game away for good.
While seven-on-seven leagues are quite popular over the summer, five-onfive events designed for eight-man football teams are far less common, and Coach Manuel and the Wildcats took advantage of the opportunity.
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