It’s been 22-years since the Orangefield Bobcats have stacked three straight wins to open the season. The Cat’s are looking to turn that into an official ‘streak’ this Friday when they host the Coldspring Trojans for homecoming.
The Bobcats have had to earn their undefeated status in early season play. A gritty defense led by senior linebacker Josh Shores and an offense that get’s better every game have combined to wrangle wins from balance opponents. The Bobcats fought back East Chambers to win 21-20, then Buna 13-7, and last week both units kicked in as quarterback Quinton Evan’s offense rolled over Woodville for 351-yards and a 27-13 victory.
Getting better with each game and going into homecoming is right where Coach Brian Huckabay wants his Bobcats to be. Homecoming Week was kicked off Monday evening with a community pep rally and burning of the letters. The band played as the letters were lit and fireworks exploded as the letters blazed. Bobcat pride runs deep as the big game approaches.
In typical fashion this season the Bobcat defense shutdown Woodville allowing just 136-yards rushing and 75-yards in the air. For the second straight contest Orangefield has held opponents to less than 150-yards on the ground. Shores is one good reason but figure in defensive end Logan Moss who forced a fumble and broke up a pass against Woodville, Eric Truncale and Rylan Cook who dropped eight Woodville ball carriers and defensive end Jackson Calhoun who came up with a fumble recovery and the results are evident. Even running back Evan Guidry got in on the action with an interception to go along with his three touchdowns in the victory.
The Bobcat offense rocked against Woodville with Guidry punching it in from the goal on their first two opening drives for his first two of three TDs. Evans led the Bobcats in rushing with 128-yards on 13 carries and a third quarter 21-yard touchdown run. Guidry had 101 yards on 18 carries scoring his third touchdown in the fourth period. Bobcat running back Justin Bradley picked up 53-yards on 5 carries.
Once again this week the Bobcats will face tough opposition in the high scoring Coldspring. The Trojans are returning 14 players from last season’s Region II semifinal team that knocked off the West Orange-Stark Mustangs in the bi-district round. Among them is All-District 22-3A running back Tevin Bryant that collected 12 touchdowns on 1127 yards last season. Besides Bryant, are returning running backs Cody Cummings and Sherman Gilbert. The trio are sure to be a handful for one of the most solid Orangefield defenses in recent years.
Trojan tight end Caleb Shelly is also an All-District returner.
The Cat’s will be facing one of the toughest defenses this season. Defensively Coldspring fields nine returners from last season’s playoff team. They include All-District defensive lineman Joseph Trailer and defensive back Taylor Kelly. The Trojan secondary are all returners.
Homecoming in Orangefield is always festive with an action packed football game. Come out and support the Bobcats as they take on Coldspring.