Skye Wilson paid for it — he cramped up in the second half — but Signal Mountain's sophomore running back and linebacker had himself a night on each side of the football.
In the Eagles' 28-19 victory at East Hamilton, ending the Hurricanes' two-gameseries win streak, Wilson ran for 112 yards (108 in the first half), finished off a 99-yard touchdown pass from Jack Teter and contributed two timely sacks.
"He's an athlete. You're going to hear a lot about him in the next three years, not only on offense but also on defense," Signal coach Bill Price said. "Because of the heat we played a lot of kids I never thought would see the field, but then both teams had to do that."
East Hamilton, even after it lost starting quarterback Nicholas Woods to an apparent season-ending knee injury, maintained a never-say-die mindset throughout.
A 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, Wilson was disappointed that he cramped up, knowing that it kept him from showing his full potential.
"Offensively I thought I played pretty well, but defensively, well, I could've done better," he said. "I have to get in better shape. I guarantee you I'll be drinking more water.
"I think I can put the team on my shoulders if I need to, once I get in better shape."
Signal went through its running back roster, using five, especially after Wilson and Hunter VanDyken cramped. Kaleb Menzel ran for 85 yards and two TDs, and Nathan Johnson ran for 84 yards.
"We want to run the football and the clock. That's our style," Price said. "But we can throw the ball, too. When the others cramped, Kaleb had to step up and play."
Price's major disappointment was the Eagles' fumbling five times and losing four, at least two of which killed serious clock-eating drives.
"We fumbled way too much, but I guarantee you -- we won't fumble next week," he said.
Sophomore Woods completed 15 of 21 passes with one interception for the Hurricanes before getting hurt.
"Nick will probably have an MRI next week, and we'll see where we stand," East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood said. "We asked our kids to lay it on the line and play for each other, and they did that. I'm proud of a lot of things tonight. I'm disappointed in some things, but we'll come in Sunday and get those straightened out. We want to get better each week. It's a marathon, not a sprint."
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Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...