Staff Report

After a week off the Orangefield Bobcats (3-1) are ready to get back into the fray. The Bobcats go on the road Friday to take on the Jasper Bulldogs (1-4).

The Bobcats have shaken-off the 53-6 homecoming loss against powerhouse Coldspring that snapped a 22-year non-district record of three straight wins to open the season. The Cat’s defeated East Chambers 21-20, then Buna 12-7 and Woodville 27-17.

The Orangefield versus Jasper contest should be a good one. The Bobcats a ready to get back into their winning ways and Jasper is hoping to save face after three losses, their only win coming from week three with a 21-7 win over Worthing Houston. To be fair, however, the Bulldog losses came from stout opponents. They were defeated by Lumberton 56-35, Livingston 42-14 and West Orange-Stark 27-6 the night Mustang quarterback Reggie Garrett, Jr. passed away on the sideline.

Leading the Bobcat offense is senior quarterback Quinton Evans. Evans has collected 520-yards and four TDs in what could become a 1,000 yard season for the first time quarterback. Running back Evan Guidry has 206 yards and leads the team in touchdowns with six.

Orangefield senior Josh Shores does it all on both sides of the ball. At the running back position he has tallied 102 yards but at linebacker he leads the team in tackles with 36. Not far behind is Eric Truncale with 29 tackles, defense end Logan Moss has dropped 23 ball carrier and a game winning blocked PAT against East Chambers. Rylan Cook has 21 tackles in the tough Bobcat defensive lineup.

The Jasper Bulldogs are traditionally tough on their home turf and have 15 returners from last season’s Bi-district finalist team. The Bobcats will need to contend with Jasper running back Ben Armstrong and quarterback Kerrion Morrisey. The Bulldogs have given up 178 points so far this season but it won’t be a cake walk for Evans and crew. Jasper’s real talent is on defense with returning defensive back Scott Middleton and linebacker Justin Mays.

The Orangefield Bobcats will begin district action at home against Silsbee on Oct. 8.