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Wildcats youth team maintain unbeaten record

By Andrew Dixon

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Davie Grant, of the Highland Wildcats, hunts down possession in the match against Inverclyde Phoenix.
Davie Grant, of the Highland Wildcats, hunts down possession in the match against Inverclyde Phoenix.

The 16-year-old Culloden Academy pupil scored points in all three of their games at the Clyde Valley tournament.

Altogether, the Wildcats youth team scored 121 points and conceded just 14 as they illustrated their dominance.

Davie Grant was a prime reason for the impressive defensive outing with numerous sacks of opposition quarterbacks and forcing fumbles to regain possession. His influence helped secure a 50-0 opening win against Inverclyde Pheonix.

Running back Laurie Cuthbertson set the tone with a 40-yard touchdown in the first play. Grant then doubled the lead when he caught a pass in the end zone from quarterback Kyle Robertson before Cuthbertson added the extra points.

Duncan Straiton was next to score a touchdown and make it 20-0 at half-time, before rookies Mark Betts and Fearghus Haston both ran in two touchdowns apiece after the interval with Paulin adding extra points.

The Wildcats second win was 30-6 success against Clyde Valley Falcons - the only side Highland had previously failed to beat this season.

Cuthbertson opened the scoring again with a rushing touchdown before the hosts leveled, but Grant blocked the conversion for Robertson to nip in and add two extra points.

Paulin extended the lead with a hat-trick of touchdowns and Grant also scored again to secure the victory.

Robertson threw a long pass to Straiton to open the scoring in a 41-8 victory against Edinburgh Coyotes. Betts and Paulin then increased the advantage with the latter converting to make it 19-0 at half-time.

Rookie Jordan Anderson notched his first ever touchdown, before Paulin scored again. Another touchdown by Betts was added to points from Alex Macdonald and Edan Gardner, while other highlights included Straiton’s third inception of the day and Cuthbertson striping the ball from an Edinburgh running back.

“The guys worked hard after we drew with the Falcons at the last tournament,” said Wildcats youth head coach Robbie Paulin.

“We watched film on them, pulled apart their tactics, and made changes in practice and the work paid off. They stepped up the

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