Wildcat football ends season after hard-fought district play

Senior James Kellner, sophomore Riley Taylor, and senior Garrett McGann work together to take down a Husker player. The Wildcats ended their season on Nov. 5, with a record of 9-2

The Warsaw Football team’s regular season came to an end on October 22 after facing Buffalo High school. They ended the regular season being 8-1 losing only to Butler.
The end of the season was bittersweet.
“The best memories I’ve had are just playing with my boys for one last season,” senior wide receiver and defensive back Grant Chapman said.
The Cats strive to get better each season.
“Next year I hope to get a little faster so I can do better at coverage,” junior kicker Coehen Walton said.
The Wildcats improved their season over last year, winning against both Skyline and Buffalo in the regular season.
The Cats went on to win the first round of their district competition against Knob Noster High school (52-0). They faced Lafayette County to end their district play (28-42).
The players doubled efforts to prepare for the district games and kept a positive attitude that they would succeed.
“They will all be tough. Once playoffs start every team knows that it is win or go home,” head coach Ryan Boyer said.
Players worked hard to prepare for the district games by “watching film, playing harder teams, and focusing on the task at hand,” Chapman said.
Sophomore center Devon Boul said he had to “get his mind right” after the regular season came to an end. “The district games will be the ones that challenge us, so we’ll have to play our best.”
“District preparation is not a lot different than your week-to-week prep. Some of the challenges you run into are opponents that you are unfamiliar with due to them not being on your regular season schedule,” Boyer said.
Teams in the district that they hadn’t seen during the regular season were Holden, Knob Noster, Lafayette County (Higginsville), and Lone Jack.
Walton said he went into the district games with a very optimistic attitude.
“Warsaw has not seen a team like we have this year in a long time,” Walton said.
“I feel that we can win we just have to be on our best game and we have to do what we’re taught our coaches have taught us everything we need to know we just have to execute it ,“ Boul said.