Forty-eight hours after Bolton High School fell to Collierville 49-17 in their season opener, Wildcat coach Tommy Miller remained optimistic.
“At this point in the season they (Collierville) are better than we are,” Miller said. “But when you look at the film you see that we did a lot of good things. Our inexperience showed through with a lot of our new guys in skill positions, but everything’s fixable.”
The Dragons came out throwing in the first half and turned to their running game in the second as an injury-diminished Wildcat team couldn’t come back.
Collierville jumped to a 21-3 lead at intermission when a pair of short outs from quarterback Alex Hicks to Austin Hall and Drew Van De Vuurst turned into lengthy touchdown tosses.
In the second half the Dragons went to the ground, chewing up yards and the clock as a depleted Bolton squad couldn’t close a series.
“Defensively we would have them at third and long and couldn’t get off the field,” Miller said. “Offensively we had over 400 yards and averaged over 6.5 yards per carry but we’ve lost so many receivers – the injury bug didn’t help us,” Miller added.
The Wildcats top receiver was lost for the year in a pre-season jamboree. Friday night Bolton lost wide out Jared Turner to a broken hand and junior Kendall Hatley to an ACL.
“Austin Clark – Bolton quarterback – did some good things and defensive back Chris Collins made an interception and grew as the game went on,” Miller added.
Darian Nave led Bolton with 76 yards on 12 carries while Devante Williams introduced himself to the region with 35 yards on seven rushes and another 108 in the air, including an 82-yard touchdown reception. James Bauman added a two-yard touchdown run and Austin Looker added a 35-yard field goal in the first half for the Wildcats.
Bolton’s season doesn’t get easier when they host Houston Friday night.
“Houston’s good year in the year out,” Miller said. “This week we’re going to continue to grow and get better. We have a tough schedule but if we stay together we’ll be fine when in counts.”