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Previewing Wildcats, Bulldogs matchup

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Senior receiver Daniel Kenvo suits up for their face-off against the Vikings. After eight season games, the Wildcats prepare for their toughest matchup against the Churchill Bulldogs.

Wildcats football has left everyone speechless with their outstanding play throughout the 2023-24 season. Holding a 7-0 record following a 46-6 win versus Wheaton on Friday, Oct. 13 (the result from last night’s game at Sherwood was not available prior to publication), the season has been highlighted by the complete dominance and utter dominance of the team.

Ensuing from the B-CC game which was the first game of the season, the team has won every game by multiple scores. The Cats will host the Churchill Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 27 in what is considerably the biggest game of the year for the Cats It almost feels like a must-win to cement what has already been a historical season as the best one ever in program history.

Heading into the matchup, Churchill has also had an outstanding season, as they are 6-1 with their only loss being to the powerhouse Quince Orchard. The Bulldogs are led by star running back David Avit who has a mind-boggling 1190 total yards and 11 total touchdowns on the season. Stopping Avit will be the key point of emphasis if the Wildcats want to come out with a win.

“People and teams across this county don’t expect much from us every year, and we are always put down, doubted and forgotten about. Every game we enter, we always have a chip on our shoulder and go in with the mentality that there’s nothing to lose because things around here are only getting started,” sophomore quarterback Jake Forbuger said.

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The stakes could not be higher, with all the weight falling back onto the shoulders of starting quarterback Charlie Blessing who is returning from a shoulder injury.

Churchill is easily the hardest opponent these Cats will have faced with this game being a real test of their legitimacy heading into the playoffs.

“Churchill is a great opponent, they have good players all over the field. We have to go into the week practicing as hard as we can each day, and if we can stay focused as a team we can keep this great season going,” junior defensive lineman Jonny Fisher said.

Now the streak isn’t the only big headline, as it is also the Wildcats senior night with players wanting their last regular season game to end with a bang.

“It’s super important to me and the other seniors because we all want to leave a stamp on the school by keeping the congressional cup and going undefeated,” senior linebacker Dylan Minnick said.

Wrapping up the regular season in what could not be of any more excitement, potentially with the Wildcats’ undefeated season on the line or with the Wildcats playing for the first eight-win season in program history. Only time will tell whether this season will enter the WJ and MCPS history books.

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