The Orangefield Bobcats (3-2) start district play this Friday at Silsbee (5-0) coming off of an impressive 47-37 win over the Jasper Bulldogs. The Bobcats continue to play better every week and are looking to put up a good fight Friday night against the Tigers.

This past Friday the Bobcat’s rushed for a team total of 521 yards on 51 carries against Jasper. Leading the way were Carl Wiley with 193 yards on 13 carries with a season and career long run of 97 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter.

The game started off slow for the Bobcats. Jasper jumped to an early 12-0 lead midway through the first quarter with two long plays of more than 60 yards each. Jasper’s Karrion Morresey scored on a 62 yard run around the left end and then DeMarcos Collins caught a 63 yard pass from Steven Walker.

Orangefield stayed with their game plan. Facing a fourth down, Orangefield lined up to punt and instead of punting, Carl Riley took the snap and scrambled for 34 yards and a first down to set up the comeback. Soon after Jeremy Watkins scored from 18 yards out cutting Jaspers lead to 12-6 to end the first quarter.

Orangefield appeared to be hitting their stride in the second quarter and continued the grind. Casey Raley scored Orangefield’s second touchdown of the night with a two yard run to tie the score at 12-12.

Ty Johnson scored on a 54 yard run down the sideline for Orangefield’s third score of the game with Curt Nelson kicking the extra point and a 19-12 Bobcat lead. After being behind 12-0 it appeared that the Bobcats were in control of the game.

Jasper received the ball with little time left in the half and was able to tie the score with a Morrisey seven yard run and Marcos Lopez kicking the extra point to go into halftime with a 19-19 tie.

In the second half, Orangefield picked up where they had left off in the first half. After fumbling the opening kick off, Orangefield set up at their own three yard line to start the drive. That drive lasted one play with Carl Riley racing 97 yards for Orangefield’s first of four touchdowns in the second half and a 25-19 lead.

Orangefield scored three more times in the second half, a Casey Raley two yard run, with Wesley Ackerman running the two point conversion. Ackerman then ran a 13 yard touchdown and another two point conversion. Ackerman finished the scoring with a run for 35 yards to bring the Bobcat lead to 47-19.

Jasper didn’t go home without a fight. The Bulldogs brought out their passing attack and scored the final three touchdowns on passes of 19, seven and six yards.

The final score was a 47-37 Orangefield win.