All eyes are on the Orangefield Bobcats (3-2, 1-0) as they get a shot at the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks (2-3, 0-1) on the road this week.

Orangefield poured out eight touchdowns and added a two-point conversion to open district action with a rain soaked 54-9 win over the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns (0-6, 0-1) on Friday.

Now it’s on to bigger prey and Hawk is on the menu.

Despite Hardin-Jefferson’s 20-10 loss against Bridge City, be assured Bobcat Head Coach Brian Huckabay and company aren’t taking Hardin-Jefferson lightly. They are a dangerous obstacle on any team’s path to the playoffs.

HJ let a 10-0 second half lead slip away in muddy Bridge City, 20-10. The Hawks led the Cardinals in rushing with 177 yards and another 44 yards in the air. The Hawks also led Bridge City in first downs, 11-10.

Part of the defeat came at their own hands. HJ turned the ball over four times, one for a late game 96-yard interception return. They lost two of four fumbles. And good news for Bobcat fans – HJ failed to stop the running game.

The Orangefield Bobcats have amassed an incredible 2,293 total yards rushing going into just their second District. 21-3A contest. Senior quarterback Corey Huckabay leads the pack with 678 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He has passed for another 260 yards for 3 touchdowns on just 24 attempts. Kyle Fontenot, Chase Parker and Logan Moss have each brought down passes for Bobcat scores.

But – if you can’t stop the running game you sure can’t stop Orangefield. The ‘Cats have lit up the scoreboard with 256 points- 224 of them on the ground. Next to Huckabay the leading ground gainer is Evan Guidry with 456 yards and six TDs.

Coach Huckabay likes to mix it up. Derrick Evans is a sleuth on offense with 392 yards and four touchdowns on just 28 carriers. But it was brother Quinton Evans that put the surprise in HF scoring four touchdowns for 105 yards in just seven carries.

Josh Shores, Huckabay and a pass reception by Chase Parker rounded out the Bobcat scoring. Derrick Evans hit for four PAT’s and Ryan Cook ran in a two-point conversion in drenched F.L McClain Stadium.

The Bobcats led 35-2 at the half. The Longhorns scored two points on a safety.

Quinton Evans got the Bobcat offense cranking early with a 20-yard slice through the rain to the goal line on Orangefield’s first possession. 

On their next possession quarterback Huckabay hit Chase Parker on a fourth and nine from the Longhorn 28-yard line. Derrick Evan’s kick was good. Bobcats had a 14-0 lead with over two minutes left in the first quarter.

Quinton Evans broke loose on a 53-yard run for his second TD of the evening just as the quarter ended.

Huckabay dove into the end zone with runs of five and 12 yards for two second quarter touchdowns before intermission.

Evans scored his third touchdown by capping off an eight play drive on the Bobcats first possession of the third quarter. Evans trudged 18 yards to the goal line. The PAT was good.

Bobcat running back Josh Shores sludged 41 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Evans would call it a night after a 10-yard-run with Jacob Nunez at quarterback to seal the deal at 54-9.

The Longhorns managed very little against the Bobcat defense.

Early in the fourth quarter HF quarterback Austin Simmons picked up 14 yards on a carry and on the next play pitched to Trevor Bell who went 32 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good. Other than that Longhorn efforts against Orangefield are too embarrassing to print.

Josh Shores, Luke Gunstream and Cole Durkin led the defense in tackles each with six. Quinton Evans, Damon Burton and Jake Best nailed HF running backs for another five tackles each.

They will be gunning for Hardin-Jefferson quarterback Blake Venable this week. Venable rushed for 98 yards on 23 carries against Bridge City. He likes to go to receiver Caleb Modzelewski and tailback Jacoby Turner. Turner finished the night with 80 yards on 13 carries, one for a 66-yard touchdown against BC.