Week eight of the local high school football season gave the Orangefield Bobcats (4-4, 1-2) hope for the remainder of the season. After coming off of two very close loses to the most recent district champs, Orangefield came up with a 28-14 win over the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns (2-6, 1-2). Orangefield will travel to Sour Lake this Friday to play the Hawks (1-7, 0-3) of Hardin-Jefferson high school and look to improve their record and keep the hopes of a possible playoff spot alive.

This past week at Hamshire-Fannett the Longhorns received the opening kick off and were having success driving the ball down to the Orangefield 21. Facing a fourth and one, the Bobcat defense came up strong forcing the ball over on downs by tackling the runner in the backfield for a loss.

Three plays later on a third and three from the 34 yard line, Orangefield’s Rylan Cook exploded up the middle for a 66 yard touchdown at 5:45 of the first quarter. The point after attempt failed and Orangefield led 6-0.

The Bobcats used their version of the on-side kick following Cook’s touchdown and the Longhorn players just watched as the ball rolled past them and Carl Wiley of the Bobcats grabbed the ball and momentum carried him out of bounds, Orangefield’s ball.

Cook scored his second touchdown of the night on a 22 yard run around the left side with 4:55 on the clock in the first quarter, Orangefield’s Casey Raley scored on the two point conversion bringing the Orangefield lead to 14-0.

Hamshire-Fannett scored their first touchdown of the evening after the Bobcats fumbled a Longhorn punt. After hitting the ground in front of the Bobcats receivers, the football bounced just over the heads of the Orangefield players and took a Longhorn roll to the Bobcat eleven yard line where it was recovered by the Longhorns to give them a first and ten.

The Longhorns Smith scored on the next play with Blake Hicks kicking the extra point, the score now stood at 14-7 with 8:52 of the second quarter and that would remain the score going into halftime.

Orangefield’s Ty Johnson displayed his break away ability on the first play from scrimmage after a punt into the end zone for a touchback set up Orangefield on the twenty yard line and Johnson took the handoff and was through the line and headed for the end zone 80 yards away at 6:45 of the third quarter. Orangefield lined up to kick the PAT, instead of kicking, they attempted a run around the end that failed, leaving the score at 20-7.

The fourth quarter saw Longhorn quarterback Dante Smith score on a 3 yard quarterback sneak at 8:35 and with the PAT the score is now 20-14 Orangefield.

Johnson had a 34 yard run late in the game to bring the ball to the 2 yard line and set up a Justin Bradley touchdown and Ackerman two point conversion to give Orangefield the final winning score of 28-14.

The Bobcats continue to improve each week. Their mis-direction offense keeps the defenders wondering where the ball is and the Bobcat defense is playing well, swarming the ball and containing the outside runs and not giving up the big plays.