Orangefield defeats H-J, prepares for Bridge City
The Orangefield Bobcats (5-4, 2-2) will be facing the Bridge City Cardinals (7-2, 2-2) this Friday night at F.L. McClain stadium in Orangefield with a playoff spot on the line.
Orangefield is entering the contest fresh off of a 34-7 victory over the Hardin Jefferson Hawks and a two game winning streak while Bridge City comes in following a 28-14 win over the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns.
The Bobcats traveled to Sour Lake last Friday to take on the Hawks (1-8, 0-4). The Hawks won the coin toss and elected to receive and it was all Orangefield after that.
The Bobcats continued to use what has worked for them all season, the ground game. Orangefield had a total of 59 rush attempts for 349 yards and one pass attempt that fell incomplete. Sterling Deslatte had one 40 yard punt for the evening.
Leading the way on the ground for the Bobcats was Carl Wiley with 104 yards on 16 attempts plus a 52 yard kickoff return.
The Bobcat defense held strong for the evening, holding the Hawks to completing six of 14 pass attempts for 75 yards and only 74 yards on the ground.
This Friday night brings a match up that closely mirrors last years game. If Bridge City wins, they are in the playoffs, if Orangefield wins, they have a shot at the playoffs but several different factors come into play.
Both teams lost to West Orange-Stark, Orangefield by three points, and Bridge City by five points.
Bridge City beat Silsbee by six points, Orangefield lost to Silsbee by eight points.
Silsbee lost to W0-S by 11 points.
It takes a slide rule to figure out the point differences and how much Orangefield would have to win by and what Silsbee would have to do for Orangefield to make the playoffs, but it is possible.
The only sure thing this Friday night, the 2011 version of the Bayou Bowl should be exciting, and the outcome could mean Jubilation and disappointment for both teams. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Orangefield. Can you say “Deja Vu” again?