Donelson Christian Academy dominated visiting Memphis 42-0 Friday night.
The Wildcats pounced on the undermanned Nighthawks early and never let up throughout the game.
From the opening kickoff, Donelson Christian controlled the game and the lead as junior Jordan Lewis took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
“We told the kids all week long that it was going to depend on them whether or not it was going to take a long time to take care of business or whether we would take care of it quickly,” said Donelson Christian coach Paul Wade. “Tonight, I thought we took care of it pretty well.”
The Wildcats scored touchdowns on their next three drives and needed 11 plays to do so.
The Nighthawks dominated time of possession, creating long drives and first downs. They just couldn’t seem to string enough together to get any points on the board.
Memphis is a homeschool Christian sports organization. It was created a few years ago with a basketball program and has grown into a multiple-sport organization since.
“That’s a very inexperienced program,” Wade said. “We knew that coming in. We have a lot of returning starters, so on paper, we should have won.
“Anytime you got 10 guys back on offense, obviously, you think you’re going to be pretty good. Tonight, we were pretty good.”
The competition for Donelson Christian is going to be stronger the rest of the way with three district opponents to close out the season, so Wade and his team had to be realistic with their play, despite the final score.
“Some of the questions the guys [asked] were, ‘Would this effort and this play work next week?’ And the answer would be ‘No.’ We always talk about playing to our level, not to our opponents’ level. As long as we take care of ourselves, we think we’re pretty good.”
The Wildcats’ next opponent, King’s Academy, is currently one spot ahead of them in second place in the district standings. But Donelson Christian will have a bye week this week to rest and prepare for the matchup.
“We face a very talented King’s Academy team in two weeks in Knoxville,” Wade said. “Next week, we’re not practicing the whole week, just a few days. It’ll be looking at them, but it’ll also be focusing on us. Blocking and tackling is the game, so we’ll be sure we take care of that.”