HS Football: Wildkats Roll to Late Night Victory Against Grand Oaks Grizzlies

By: Jake Wilson
| Published 09/23/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The Willis Wildkats (5-0) went to work against the Grand Oaks Grizzlies (1-4) in a battle that took a while to get going.

With kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m., both teams took their time getting warmed up. That was before the lightning began striking too close to Woodforest Bank Stadium to play, sending both teams back to the locker rooms for further notice.

After a two-hour delay, both Willis and Grand Oaks reentered the field and began play. The Wildkats had little issues on their first couple of drives, finding the endzone with the ruthless efficacy they had become known for.

Grand Oaks took their time and waited patiently to strike. Like a bear in the brush, they forced two fumbles on back-to-back Willis drives and came away with one. Despite the early dominance shown by Willis, the Grizzlies hung six points on their opponents.

The Wildkats were still ahead by eight to start the second quarter. Having taken the opening blows dealt to them, Willis opened up their offense with it reflecting on the scoreboard. Quarterback D.J. Lagway took control of the field to the tune of seven total touchdowns on the night.

Making plays through the air was the key to success for the Wildkats, with three different receivers making their way into the endzone. The leader of the pack was Jermaine Bishop Jr., who tallied three receiving touchdowns on his own, putting Willis far ahead.

The Grizzlies tried their best to mitigate the damage on the scoreboard with a successful quarterback change. Zachary Rollins stepped under center for the Grizzlies and connected with Preston Cloud for the team’s second score of the night.

The passing touchdown would be the last score for Grand Oaks as the Wildkats dominated plays on defense and dictated the flow of the game on offense. Some late rushing touchdowns from Terri Lawrence III and Jermaine Bishop Jr. sealed the dominant 62-13 victory for Willis.

The Wildkats remain the lone undefeated team in 13-6A, with Cleveland trying to take them down next week. Grand Oaks must turn around and face the Woodlands Highlanders in the hopes of regaining traction in the district gauntlet.

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