Friday night saw the last regular season game for the Bath County Wildcats and the official sendoff for 9 players, 1 water “master” hydration specialist and 4 cheerleaders. These dedicated seniors were honored before the game, walking through the “Wildcat tunnel” with their parents to be honored by the fans.
Honored were football players Layne Easton, Ty Rogers, Tanner Tout, Connor Jewell, Mason Compton, Hayden Ballard, Nick Hamm, Michael Denkins, and Hunter Riley. Cheerleaders honored were Alyssa Williams, Cheyenne Begley, Whitney Hatton, and Michael Corum. Also honored for her dedication to the football program was Water “Master” Hydration Specialist Savannah Clark
After the festivities, the Wildcats faced a formidable challenge with the Nicholas County Bluejackets, owners of a 8-1 record and currently ranked 10th by MaxPreps. Bath County limped into the game with a number of injuries reducing their depth and size. In spite of these limitations, the Wildcats played with great heart and determination in their final home game. The first half saw a back and forth game with momentum changing hands several times. However untimely penalties, turnovers and the inability to score from inside the 10 yard ultimately sealed the win for the visitors. The final score was 20-12.
The Wildcats will enter the playoffs with a 4-6 record and will travel next week for a return matchup from last year with Belfry. Belfry is ranked #1 in Class 3A with a 9-1 record and are the defending Class 3A champions.