Bobcats head to “Thicket” to face Woodville Eagles
Other than just first minutes of the first quarter the Orangefield Bobcat defense shutdown the Buna Cougars to pocket a second straight win, 12-7, on Friday. Now it’s back on the road for the ‘Cats who are in the hunt for win No. 3 this week against the Woodville Eagles.
The Bobcats and Eagles, both undefeated, will collide in a dual that will likely be another battle between the defenses. It is the kind of challenge Orangefield linebacker Josh Shores and company have proved they are up to.
The Bobcat defense helped engineer an underdog victory against East Chambers when defensive end Logan Moss blocked a critical fourth quarter PAT to win the game 21-20. Last week, Orangefield defensive back Ty Johnson intercepted two passes while Moss, Rylan Cook and Eric Truncale harrassed the Cougars in what would become a long night for the Buna backfield.
But the Woodville Eagles don’t like giving up points either. They upset Corrigan Camden 7-6 to open the season and pounded Shepherd 33-6 last week. Fur and feathers are sure to fly when the Bobcats and Eagles meet in the Big Thicket.
Bobcat running back Evan Guidry capped off a 47-yard drive to punch it in from the five yard line for Orangefield against Buna. The first quarter attack was led by senior quarterback Quinton Evans, Guidry, Cook and Shores. Evan’s PAT failed, however, and the Bobcats went into intermission trailing 7-6.
The Cat’s came out slugging in the third quarter putting together an 83-yard drive that ended as Evans strolled into the end zone from the five yard line. The two-point conversion, however, was unsuccessful. The defense remained solid and the 12 points where enough to win the game.
Offensively Orangefield collected 261 total yards. Evans rushed for 145 yards on 23 carries and passed for 12. Cook had 32 yards on 5 carries, Guidry had 23 yards on 9 carries. Shores, Justin Bradley and Jacob Nunez also toted the ball for good yardage against Buna.
Punt returner Parker James was also in the action with two returns for 30 yards. James added another 12 yards on a pass reception, one of just three attempts by Evans.
The Orangefield defense allowed Buna just 139 total yards, 12 in the air.