The Watson Chapel Wildcats evened their record at 1-1 Friday night as Deonte Cooper rushed for over 325 yards in a 39-3 win over the Monticello Billies.
Cooper opened the game with a 44-yard run on the first play from scrimmage that set the ‘Cats up at the Billie five-yard line. Devin Curry kept the ball on the next play and after a Nathan Box point-after, the Wildcats led 7-0 a minute and 29 seconds into the game.
Turnovers haunted Chapel as Curry threw two interceptions in the first half while losing the ball on fumbles twice in the game. On the flip side, the Wildcat defense came up big Friday night by holding the Billies to a 28-yard Isaac Parke field goal in the first quarter and causing Monticello sophomore quarterback Michael Martens to throw five interceptions during the course of the game. Kevin Compton had two of the picks, while Lekevion Winston made a leaping pick of his own in the first half.
Curry hit Tehki Urquhart with a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter to stake the Wildcats to a 14-3 lead before leaving with a lower leg injury.
Sidney Smith took over at quarterback late in the first half and led Chapel down the field on four more scoring drives. Smith hit Urquhart with a 15-yard scoring strike with 20 seconds left in the half to give the ‘Cats a 21-3 halftime lead.
Javeon Jackson got the Wildcats on the board in the third quarter to go up 27-3 with a little over five minutes to play. That score was set up by a Cooper 68-yard run down to the Monticello 15-yard line
The Wildcats' defense forced another three and out and on the first play after the change of possession, Cooper recorded his only touchdown of the game, scampering 62 yards. After forcing another interception, Smith kept the ball himself for a three-yard touchdown run of his own to finish out the scoring for the night. Watson Chapel took a knee after taking their final drive to the Monticello one-yard line.
The Wildcats put up almost 500 yards of offense Friday night, while holding the Class 4A Billies to almost 200. This Friday, Watson Chapel will travel across town to take on the Pine Bluff Zebras in their final nonconference game of the year. The game can be heard locally on 98.1, the Hog.