It was a record breaking 2020 season in more than one way for the Guntersville Wildcats on the gridiron.
In what ended up being one of the most prolific offenses in Guntersville history, quarterback Cole McCarty broke the single season pass record with 2,473 yards and 36 touchdowns. He broke Zak Burnett’s record, which was set last season, of 2,275 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Jack Harris also had a season to remember as he became the first player in Guntersville football history to have over 1,000 yards receiving in a season. He ended the season with 1,142 yards and 13 touchdowns.
On the ground, Logan Pate was stout all year long. He rushed for 1,657 yards and 24 touchdowns. Pate will return in 2021 for his senior season. Junior wide receiver Cooper Davidson had 600 yards of receiving and 14 touchdowns and sophomore Brandon Fussell hauled in 453 yards and six touchdowns.
The Guntersville offense should be strong once again next season as many weapons return. The Wildcats will have several holes to fill along the offensive line with Reece McCauley, Johnson Sellnow and Edwin Jarquin all graduating this year.
In total, the Wildcats threw for 2,608 yards and rushed for 2,634 for a total of 75 touchdowns.
The Wildcats were also stout on the defensive side of the ball all season long. Guntersville recorded 27 turnovers in 2020. Davidson led the way in turnovers with five interceptions. Senior linebacker Jerrell Williamson recorded 93.5 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and had an interception return for a touchdown.
Another standouts on defense were Miller Kutner with 44.5 tackles and 6.5 sacks, Almir Lorenzo recorded 40.5 tackles, Ben Biddle had 68 tackles, Dewayne Hundley ended the year with 31 tackles and Mackenley Hampton had 38.5 tackles.
Guntersville head coach Lance Reese spent some time reflecting on the season that was. Despite the loss to Pleasant Grove, he feels the season is one that will be remembered.
“We had a special season and it was a great accomplishment to win the region and the county,” he said. “We had an explosive offense with great balance averaging 53 points per game. The defense played with great effort all year giving up only 8 points per year. Pablo Rios had another good year kicking the ball on special teams. We had 10 special seniors who all started and made great contributions to the team. They led by example on and off the field. We have a number of players with experience returning next season. Several of our young players will need to step up and contribute. We will return to the weight room after the Thanksgiving break and start working hard in preparation for next season.”