Bobcats open district against Silsbee
It was the Quinton Evans show guesting starring Ty Johnson and the Bobcats. Evans danced 270-yards to the tune of five touchdowns pounding the Jasper Bulldogs 49-30. Ty Johnson sung along for 83 yards and his first TD while the rest of the Bobcats rocked the ’Dog House’ all night long.
The encore performance is Friday night at F. L. McClain Stadium when the Orangefield Bobcats (4-1) host the Silsbee Tigers (3-2) to open the Dist. 21-3A season.
Silsbee defeated Jasper 46-20 after getting beat almost that bad themselves by the Newton Eagles, 40-26, the week before. Longtime Tiger Head Coach Bobby McGallion list 30 players on the roster, 20 are seniors. Of the rest, one is a sophomore on the defending district champions that edged out the West Orange-Stark Mustangs 13-7 last season. Eight returners are on offense including the entire front line. They match it with another eight on defense.
Probably not a state championship team, as they hope in Silsbee, but they are well coached and pretty darn good. Welcome to Dist. 21-3A. It starts tough and end that way too.
The Tiger’s other wins came from Waltrip Houston, 40-9, and Cleveland, 27-0. Lumberton defeated Silsbee 21-14. McGallion and crew scouted the Bobcats last week leaving after the first half with Orangefield coasting on a 37-14 lead.
Evans took the first play from scrimmage and rambled 73-yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Then he added two points on the conversion for a quick 8-0 lead. Evans scored again in the first quarter from the 19-yard line and kicked the PAT. The Bobcat quarterback struck again in the second quarter from the 12-yard line but the point after failed.
The Bobcats were up 21-0 when runningback Ty Johnson broke loose for a 60-yard TD and then punched it in for two for the PAT uping the score 29-0.
Jasper finally scored midway in the second quarter with a 47-yard pass from quarterback Karrion Morrissey to Craitic Jaimoy. The kick was good.
Evans got things rolling again for Orangefield with a 37-yard TD romp adding two points on the PAT. Jasper answered with a drive capped off when running back Ben Armstrong dove in from the one yard line.
Evans’ final touchdown of the night came in the third quarter from the three yardline. The PAT failed.
Jasper battled back however. Armastrong got away for a 37-yard run and put an extra two points on the board on the conversion. The Bobcats struck again, however, when running back Evan Guidry crossed the goal line in the fourth quarter.
Armstrong scored again on a 25-yard pass from Morrissey who also picked up two points on the PAT.
Offensively the Bobcats have racked up 1,542 yards rushing going into distrcit action this week. Evans has collected 520-yards on 76 carries with nine touchdowns and counting. Evan Guidry has been the go to man in the backfield with seven TD’s and 206 yards rushing. Bobcat linebacker Josh Shores has also powered the Orangefield backfield rushing for 133 yards on 26 carries.
Then there is Ty Johnson’s performance against Jasper. Johnson collected 83 yards and his first TD of the season but there is sure to be more.
Shores is the leading tackler for Orangefield with a total of 45. Eric Truncale isn’t far behind with 36. Rylan Cook, Johnson, Logan Moss, Parker James and Jake Best round out a tough Bobcat defense.
Gametime is 7:30 p.m. at F.L. McClain Stadium.