GALLATIN - After defeating Lebanon last week, the Wildcats needed just one win over region foe Station Camp Friday night to secure a 2019 playoff appearance.
The Wildcats did just that, disposing of the home team Bison 36-7 to secure their first playoff appearance since 2016.
“I think expectations were exceeded a little bit from some people outside the program, but we thought we would do a little better,” Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman said. “We had a lull there in the middle of the schedule where our running game got away from us. The LaVergne game hurts a little bit, but that gave us the character to finish out the season strong.”
The Wildcats will be one of 32 teams vying for a trip to Cookeville and a spot in the Class 6A state finals.
“It’s good to be one of those 32 teams,” Dedman said. “We are excited to be practicing on Monday.”
Against the Bison, Wilson Central never trailed, leading 29-0 at the half.
CJ Morrow put the Wildcats up 7-0 on a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, before Tristan Lewis bursts through the offensive line for 24 yards and the 14-0 lead just before the end of the first quarter.
Alex Atwell made all four of his extra-point attempts.
CJ Hatchett added two touchdowns for the Wildcats on the ground, one from three yards out and the other from nine yards.
Blake Hobbs scored the last touchdown of the game for Wilson Central, scoring from short yardage for the 36-0 lead midway through the third quarter.
“Very proud of our guys,” Dedman said. “I thought we played pretty well and moved the ball offensively. Defensively our guys did a good job like they have done all year. I’m just proud of their overall effort tonight.”
Station Camp scored their only touchdown of the game with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Following a nice drive, Terry Bradley found Zac Morrison on the half-back pass for the 33-yard touchdown.
“They executed perfectly,” Station Camp head coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. “I thought we did a good job of selling the blocks and Terry made a great pass.”
The win improved Wilson Central to 6-4 overall and books a first-round playoff game on the road at Blackman, while the loss drops Station Camp to 0-10 on the season.
The Bison will say goodbye to 24 players from the 2019 senior class.
“This is a special group,” Hollinsworth said. “They were a special group all the way from freshman year. I’m very proud of them. A lot of them stayed together and worked hard together for four years. I’m really proud of those guys and making the most of their careers.”