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September 27, 2013

Wildcats outlast Elkmont for rivalry win

Athens holds on to beat Austin

SALEM — A few plays into the second half of Friday’s rivalry game between West Limestone and Elkmont, it was clear the last team with the ball would win the game.

West Limestone’s players scraped and clawed for four quarters to make sure they were the ones holding onto that ball when the clock hit zero.

A back-and-forth game with four lead changes in the second half saw the Wildcats emerge 25-23 victors over Elkmont in a nonregion game at James Kennemer Stadium.

“It was score after score and big plays,” West Limestone head coach David Arnsparger said. “It really ended up being whoever had the ball last was going to win and that’s kind of what happened to us.”

Trailing 23-19 mid way through the fourth quarter, Logan Pugh gave West the go ahead touchdown on a 42-yard touchdown after Elkmont had just stopped the Wildcats on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line.

West Limestone’s defense tightened up to force an interception on Elkmont’s final drive. The turnover nearly gave Elkmont a gift on the fourth down play, however, when the ball was fumbled after the interception and the visitors nearly recovered past the first down marker.

Just as they had all game, the Wildcats fought at the bottom of the pile to emerge with the ball and ran out the clock for the win.

“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” said Arnsparger. “We played a good football team. I think this a defining moment. We won a close game and that’s big. To be able to come out with a win where it was back-and-forth. That was a great job by our players tonight.”

West Limestone’s defensive stop in the final minutes followed a third quarter scoring spree from both teams. Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Elkmont put together a seven play 64 yard drive, capped by a Jared Bailey 1-yard plunge.

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