Wildcats travel to West Forsyth


By Robert Money Jr. - rmoney@thestokesnews.com



West Stokes Zan Sandlin catches a touchdown against Reagan during Saturday’s seven on seven scrimmage.


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Chris Brown catches a ball thrown by Tyler Smith during West Stokes seven on seven games Saturday.


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West Stokes Palmer Elliot caught two touchdowns on Saturday and will be looked on to help anchor the team’s defense this season.


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Jimmy Upchurch will begin his 16th year as the Wildcats head coach.


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Quarterback Tyler Smith threw 11 touchdowns at West Forsyth.


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West Forsyth hosted their 10th annual seven on seven Saturday and West Stokes scrimmaged Reagan, West Iredell, Eastern Guilford and Davie County.

“You never know what you’re going to get when you participate in these scrimmages, but I was very happy with what I saw,” said Wildcat coach Jimmy Upchurch, who is entering his 16th year at the helm. “Of course, this is a passing scrimmage and the real test will come later in the year, but I thought Tyler (Smith) threw the ball extremely well and Zan (Sandlin) did a good job in catching just about every ball thrown his way.”

West Stokes held Reagan out of the end zone in the first contest and each team ran 25 plays. Smith connected with Sandlin on two different occasions and the Wildcats tallied four touchdowns in the game.

Against West Iredell the defense again held the opponent scoreless. Palmer Elliott caught two Smith passes for touchdowns, while Sandlin added another and newcomer Brian Richardson scored his first. Sandlin, Brieson Reynolds and Chris Brown had an interception each.

In the third game versus Eastern Guilford each team caught two touchdown passes. Brown and Dustin Blevins pulled passes in for pay dirt, while Tyler Hunter grabbed an interception on defense.

The last contest of the day against 4A Davie County proved another strong performance. Sandlin tucked the ball in for an interception and the Wildcats kept the War Eagles out of the end zone. Blevins added two touchdowns in the game, while Brown and Hunter had one each.

“I think we have a good chance of being really special this year,” Upchurch said. “Of course, it’s up to the players and how hard they want to work. We’ll go back at it on Monday and look to get better in the weight room and on the field.”

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West Stokes Zan Sandlin catches a touchdown against Reagan during Saturday’s seven on seven scrimmage.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WSFB-Zan-Sandlin.jpgWest Stokes Zan Sandlin catches a touchdown against Reagan during Saturday’s seven on seven scrimmage. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Chris Brown catches a ball thrown by Tyler Smith during West Stokes seven on seven games Saturday.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WSFB-Chris-Brown3.jpgChris Brown catches a ball thrown by Tyler Smith during West Stokes seven on seven games Saturday. Robert Money | The Stokes News

West Stokes Palmer Elliot caught two touchdowns on Saturday and will be looked on to help anchor the team’s defense this season.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WSFB-Palmer-Elliott.jpgWest Stokes Palmer Elliot caught two touchdowns on Saturday and will be looked on to help anchor the team’s defense this season. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Jimmy Upchurch will begin his 16th year as the Wildcats head coach.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WSFB-Coach-Jimmy-Upchurch.jpgJimmy Upchurch will begin his 16th year as the Wildcats head coach. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Quarterback Tyler Smith threw 11 touchdowns at West Forsyth.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WSFB-Tyler-Smith.jpgQuarterback Tyler Smith threw 11 touchdowns at West Forsyth. Robert Money | The Stokes News

By Robert Money Jr.

rmoney@thestokesnews.com

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