Water Valley Clips Veribest's Wings, Claims District Title
VERIBEST, TX-- The Water Valley Wildcats remained perfect in district play as they took home the District 8-1A Division I championship after defeating the Veribest Falcons 36-28.
Water Valley’s Jeremy Jackson was dominant for the Wildcats throughout the game causing problems for Veribest’s defense as he scorched the Falcons for five touchdowns.
The Wildcats Head Coach Keith Woolf stated” we were able to run the ball like we hoped we could.”
Coach Woolf attributed some of the success to using one way players, which allowed the Wildcats “to just kind of run the ball at them and kind of wear them down a little bit.”
An early rushing touchdown by Jackson was quickly matched by the Falcons Isaac Oviedo who tied the game at 8 midway through the first quarter.
The Falcons had momentum early and extended their lead on a touchdown pass from Hayden Barnes to Jayton Warren that put Veribest up 16-8 going into the second quarter.
The excitement for Veribest was short lived however as Water Valley capitalized on an interception with a 66-yardt touchdown run by Jackson to tie the score at 16.
Both teams had chances to score going into the half but failed to put any points on the board.
To begin the third quarter Jackson danced his way to another 68-yard touchdown , but Veribest’s Angel Marquez quickly answered with a touchdown of his own.
A missed extra point after the touchdown by the Falcons kept Water Valley up on Veribest 24-22.
On the ensuing kickoff Water Valley’s Jackson extended the Wildcats lead over the Falcons to 30-22 with an electrifying touchdown return.
At the end of the third both teams traded touchdowns again making it a one score game going into the final quarter.
In the final minutes of the game Veribest had multiple opportunities to tie the game but could not manage to find the end zone.
Jackson and the Wildcats were too much for the Falcons on the night and took home the District 8-1A Division I championship.
Water Valley is looking to make the most of this playoff experience and send there seniors out on a positive note.
Jackson said “we haven’t done this in the last four years, so this is kind of great to get back into it and see how far we can go.”