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Seeing Union Grove for a second time posed no problem at all for Whitewater in Friday’s Region 4-AAAAA play-in game at Union Grove.
Quarterback Jay Ashley was nearly flawless and the Whitewater defense stymied Union Grove all night in a 36-13 win, giving the Wildcats (7-3) a spot in the state playoffs for the third time in four years. Whitewater improved to 11-0 all time against Henry County Schools.
“We’re just progressing, all of us, and getting better,” said Ashley, who passed for 144 yards and had a stretch of 10 straight completed passes in the first half. “It feels good. We knew that we weren’t where we wanted to be around week 6 or 7. We knew we had to change some stuff and I think that’s what we did.”
Ashley finished with three touchdown passes and added a rushing touchdown to put the game away.
The Whitewater defense did the rest, holding Union Grove to 19 total yards over the first three quarters before both teams put in their reserves.
The Wildcat defense