Blair-Taylor had one last chance to put a mark in the win column this season as it came against the Augusta Beavers last Friday.

The Wildcats would strike first, going to Colton Schleh who punched it in from 15 yards out.

Up 7-0, B-T would look to continue its lead with another long, sustained drive down the field.

Quarterback Nick Shepherd would keep it himself and bully his way into the end zone from two yards out.

"We made a big play in the passing game, and defensively we were getting stops early in the game with aggressive play from all of our kids," head coach Jeremy Hansen said.

The defense had held up to this point, but just before halftime Augusta would find a weak spot and break off a 22-yard touchdown run.

B-T still held on to a 14-7 lead heading into halftime, but the second quarter would be all Augusta.

The Beavers scored twice in each quarter while holding the Wildcats out of the end zone.

For Blair-Taylor, the regular season would come to a close with a 35-14 loss.

"The kids battled and did everything they could," Hansen said. "Augusta had some big guys up front that wore us down physically on both sides of the ball. Their line controlled the game on both sides and that was the deciding factor in the game."

Offensively the Wildcats have some good things to build on with a strong running game, hitting over 200 yards for the seventh time this season.

This year's team was young and has room to grow, but Hanson had some parting words for his seniors.

"To the seniors that we are losing, I want to tell you thank you for all you’ve done. Remember you are always welcome back, because once you’re a Wildcat, you’re always a Wildcat. I’m proud of these kids," he said.

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Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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