Bobcats just getting warmed up
With nearly 2000 yards rushing and another 213 in the air, the Orangefield Bobcats (3-2) go into “open week” with their sites set on District. 21-3A. ‘The Pride’ gets this Friday night off and will host Hamshire-Fannett (0-5) for their district opener next week, Oct. 9.
“This is an opportunity for us to evaluate ourselves before we head into district,” said Head Coach Brian Huckabay, ”We know, and our kids know what we have to do to become a better football team.”
But the Bobcats aren’t spending the week resting up. In fact, they are just getting warmed-up after compiling some impressive numbers for just half way into the season.
Collectively, the Orangefield offense has rolled over opponents for 202 points and 28 touchdowns. Two losses blemish their non-district record, but the Bobcats made opponents pay for the wins. East Chambers won, 35-28, in the final :32 of the season opener. Last week, the state ranked 2A Newton Eagles handed Orangefield a 62-40 loss – even after the Bobcats racked-up 462 yards rushing and another 89 yards in the air – and five touchdowns. Not winning hardly makes sense.
“We are extremely proud of the way our team performed against Newton,” Huckabay said, “They really played their hearts out and of course we were all disappointed in the loss.”
Before taking the field against Newton the Bobcats had collared a string of wins defeating Buna 34-17, Liberty 48-27 and shutting out Tarkington 52-0.
“Our goal this week is to improve our tackling and work on specialty teams and that phase of the game,” Huckabay said.
Senior quarterback Corey Huckabay steers the Bobcat offense. He is backed up with an arsenal of running backs that reek havoc behind a wall of down field blockers.
So far, Huckabay has rambled for 571 yards and 8 touchdowns and passed for another 213 and 2 TDs. Bobcat “little-giant” running back Evan Guidry has ground out 433 yards and six TDs on 77 carries. Derrick Evans and Chase Parker combine for another 569 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Bobcats had Newton down 24-7 after Guidry scored 3 touchdowns in the first quarter. He broke loose on a 52 yard TD scamper and then punched another one in from the 1-yard-line. Evans pitched in with a 22 yard field goal or the early 17-0 lead.
Guidry would strike again just before the buzzer cruising 44 yards to the end zone. Along with that display he accounted for 150 yards on 21 carries in the contest.
The Eagles clamped down before things got out of hand. Kelvin Bennett broke through the Bobcat defense for 275 yards and 3 TDs starting with a first quarter 86 yard kickoff return. Reggie Adams used just 16 carries to rush 196 yards for the other three touchdowns against Orangefield.
The Bobcats saw an early lead dwindle as Newton led 28-24 at the half.
The Bobcats remained scoreless until the fourth quarter when Huckabay scored on a one-yard-run. He later hit receiver Logan Moss for a 59 yard touchdown as Orangefield closed in 49-40.
Huckabay rushed for 132 yards on 21 totes and passed for 86 yards.