Orangefield Bobcats defeat East Chambers 24-21
Opening night of the 2011 football season at F.L. McClain Stadium for the Orangefield Bobcats was a success on several different levels. First was the Bobcats victory over the East Chambers Bucaneers 24-21 and second was Head Coach Brian Hucabay’s 100th career victory.
The Bobcats had a slow start with their first offensive serious as the Bucaneers held them to three downs and punt, with the punt being returned for a touchdown by the Bucaneers Glenn Roberts for a 60 yard score to have the Bucs take the first lead of the game 7-0.
On the next drive the Bobcats started out what would be a long night for the Bucaneers defense. After two successful fourth down conversions during the 16 play drive that used up more than seven minutes of the clock the Bobcats Wesley Ackerman scored on Quarterback keeper around the left side with the two point attempt to fail. Bucaneers lead was cut to 7-6.
Roberts got loose on the first play after the kickoff and scored on a 53 yard run. The extra point made the score 14-6.
Orangefield used ball control football to finish up the first half. The Cats had another time consuming drive that included two more fourth down conversions and culminated with a two yard touchdown by Ackerman with no time left on the clock. The game went into halftime with East Chambers leading 14-12
The Bobcats continued their grinding offense in the second half. Justin Bradley scored on a three yard run to give the Bobcats 18-14 lead with 10:05 left in the third quarter.
Roberts continued his scoring quest in the fourth quarter with a five yard run giving East Chambers the lead 21-18. Roberts finished the night with 83 yards on nine carries.
Orangefield scored again in the fourth quarter with a Bradley five yard run to give the Bobcats the final winning score of 24-21.
Orangefield was successful in holding back a late rally attempt by East Chambers as they made a first down on a fourth down and ten attempt with the next playing ending in an interception by Levi Shores and Orangefield was able to kill the clock for the remainder of the game and securing the win.
Orangefield used nine different ball carriers though out the night for a total of 281 rushing yards. Orangefield had 296 yards of total offense to East Chambers 210 and led in first downs 20-15.
The game was the first at East Chambers for new head football coach Russ Sutherland. He was hired to replace Tony Valastro after he left for Galveston Ball.
The Bobcats travel to Buna this week to face the Cougars in their season opener. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.