Marty Elkins
Most Bobcat fans are wondering if this is going to be just one of those years. After this past Friday nights heartbreaking loss to Hamshire Fannett, that seems to be the theme for the season. After losing to Buna earlier in the year in double overtime, the Cats once again lost an overtime game. This time to the Hamshire Fannett Longhorns 27-21 to open district play. Coach Morrison and his Bobcats hope to change that trend this Friday night as they host the Hardin Jefferson Hawks for homecoming.

 The Bobcats wasted no time this week on offense after struggling the week before against Tarkington. They took the opening drive of the game and went 64 yards on 17 plays, capped off by a one yard touchdown run by Senior Zach Peevey. The extra point was no good. Peevey lead the Bobcat rushing attack with 107 yards on 28 carries for the night. The drive ate up over eight minutes of the clock and put the Cats on the board with a 6-0 lead.

 On the ensuing kickoff, Hamshire Fannett senior Hagan Daigle rumbled 70 yards deep into Bobcat territory setting up the Horns with a first and goal. But the Bobcat defense stood tough and forced the Horns to settle for a field goal attempt. That attempt sailed wide right and the Bobcats took over on the miss.

 After both teams traded punts, the Cats got back to work. This time it was QB Jace Statum who found the end zone from six yards out, extra point by Evans was good. The drive covered 54 yards with great running by Steven Stone and Peevey to set up the Statum score. The Cats held a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter. 

The Bobcat defense held once again and forced the Horns to punt. The stingy Cats defense held the Horns to only 30 total yards in the first half. After the punt the Cats took over and drove into Hamshire Fannett territory, but missed a long field goal as time expired to end the half.

 The Horns came out strong to start the second half, scoring on their initial drive of the half to cut the lead to 13-7. The drive covered 56 yards on just seven plays as the momentum looked to be shifting in the Horns favor. But another great stand by the Cat defense forced the Horns to punt again. The punt pinned the Cats deep with them taking over on their own 1 yard line as the momentum seemed to yet be shifting back to the Cats. But on the very next play the Cats fumble and the Horns take over on the one yard line. The Horns take advantage of the turnover and score from one yard out to take a 14-13 lead late in the 3rd quarter.

 On the Cats next possession the true heart and grit of this team really showed. After the turnover that gave the Horns the lead for the first time in the game, the Cats went back to work. Junior Chase Parker, in for the injured Peevey, took the first play of the drive 28 yards around the left end to give the Cats a much needed boost. That play seemed to ignite the Cats as they continued the drive deep into Hamshire Fannett territory. After a penalty that set the Cats back on the Hamshire Fannett 31 yard, the Cats faced a 4th and 12 to keep the drive alive. Statum dropped back to pass but was rushed out of the pocket and had to scramble to his left to avoid the rush. Senior receiver Wesley Wiggins broke off his route and Statum found him in stride all the way down to the two yard line. The play covered 29 yards giving the Cats a first and goal. On the very next play, Stone took it in from two yards out to put the Cats back on top. But Stone wasn’t done there, he took the 2pt conversion in as well giving the Cats a 21-14 lead.

 Once again the Horns would strike back on a six yard touchdown pass on 4th down to cut the lead to one with the extra point pending. The extra point was good and time expired with the scored tied at 21 all. In overtime the Cats got the ball first but couldn’t manage a first down and Hamshire Fannett took over. The Horns scored five plays later from six yards out to give them the victory 27-21.

 The Cats look to rebound this week as they host the Hardin Jefferson Hawks for Homecoming. The Hawks are coming off a big win over Bridge City this past Friday night and hope to keep their district mark perfect against the Cats. The Cats must win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive.

 Game History against Hardin Jefferson….
*HJ leads the all time series 16-15 since 1968.
*From 1939 to 1960 Orangefield played Sour Lake High four times, both teams won twice in that series.
 Last five meetings!!!
2007 OF 42 HJ 13
2006 OF 45 HJ 32
2005 OF 26 HJ 13
2004 OF 08 HJ 46
2003 OF 33 HJ 37