Home at last. Home at last. The Orangefield Bobcats (1-1) will take the field in F.L. McClain Stadium for the first time Friday in their home opener against  the Liberty Panthers. There is no place like home– and no place like Orangefield for exciting and festive hometown football.

“We’re happy to finally be getting a home game,” said first year head football coach Brian Huckabay,  “And it will be my first. I’m looking forward to it.”

Momentum is with the Bobcats after defeating the Buna Cougars 34-17 last week. Coach Huckabay and crew are poised to pounce on Liberty for a second win in this early 2009 season.

“I am very pleased with our team’s performance,” Coach Huckabay said, “We got behind early and our guys became determined to take the lead. Then once they got ahead they were even more determined to keep the lead.”

“I think that shows the character of real winners,” Huckabay said.

Liberty (1-1) who fell to Bridge City 23-15, rebounded to defeat Hamshire-Fannett 49-40 last week. The Panthers have been explosive scoring 64 points in just two games.

“Liberty throws the ball well and mix it up with a power running game,” Huckabay said, “It will be a challenge for us to contain them. Like us, this early in the season, they are improving.”

On ‘zero-week’ Orangefield lost to East Chambers in the final :32. Nevertheless, the Bobcats offense had churned out 341 yards and 28 points before falling 35-28 in the end. The Bobcats would redeem the loss in their solid victory over Buna.

Led by senior quarterback Corey Huckabay, the Bobcats combined 371-yards rushing and 40 yards passing for 411-yards and five touchdowns against Buna.

Behind a wall of aggressive Bobcat blocking, Huckabay rambled for 136-yards on 15 carries that included a first quarter 45 yard touchdown to put the Bobcats on the board. Huckabay passed for another 40-yards hitting Kyle Fontenot for a 23 yard TD as the Bobcats overcame a 10-6 deficit to take the lead. The Bobcats made it 20-10 on a seven play drive that ended when running back Ryan Cook hit paydirt from the 5-yard line to end the first half.

“Downfield blocking and pursuit is one of the things that we have worked hard on,” Huckabay said, “Our linemen and blocking backs are doing a good job and it is paying off for us.”

Corey Huckabay would pass to Fontenot again in the fourth quarter for a crucial 17-yard first down reception that set up another Bobcat score. Derrick Evans would bust loose for a 39-yard TD and boot the PAT for an Orangefield 27-10 lead.

Buna nipped the lead to 20-17 on a fourth and goal pass conversion with 3:34 left in the contest.

The Bobcats put together a late game drive featuring a 30-yard scamper by Huckabay. Chase Parker then dashed 24-yards for Orangefield’s final score in the 34-17 victory.

Evans rushed for 79-yards on five carries. Chase Parker trudged 47-yards on seven carries and Evan Guidry rushed for 40-yards in the game.

Linebacker Josh Shores led the Bobcat defense with eight tackles. Linebacker Gage Hayes and defensive back Parker James each had six.