2017-11-08 / Sports

Bobcats finish season with loss


The Bobcats’ Keandra Eaford makes a leaping catch over a Dothan defender for a big gain Friday night. The Bobcats’ Keandra Eaford makes a leaping catch over a Dothan defender for a big gain Friday night. It wasn’t exactly a rival game since the two teams had not played since 1925. But, it had the feel of a rivalry when the Bobcats and Dothan Tigers took the field Friday night at Standifer Field.

Both teams were battling to finish disappointing seasons with a win. The Bobcats managed to build a 14-0 lead by the third quarter, but the Tigers scored on four straight possessions in the second half to defeat the Bobcats 29-20.

The first half was plagued by turnovers, penalties with both teams missing 32-yard field goals.

The Bobcats took a 7-0 lead with only 1:54 left in the first half after Jontavious Johnson intercepted a Dothan pass at the Tiger 34 and returned it to the two. Aaron Yarbrough scored on the next play and Alex Warr kicked the PAT.

The Bobcats drove 70 yards with their opening drive of the second half to extend their lead to 14-0. The 11-play drive was sparked by a 21-yard run by Quentavius Sparks and a 23-yard pass from Luke Jester to Dayshaun Eaford. Bra’Veon George scored on a two-yard run. Warr’s PAT kick made the score 14-0.

The Tigers then drove 59 yards in 13 plays, converting two fourth downs, including an eight-yard fourth down pass for the Tigers’ first score. The extra point try was no good, but Dothan had cut the score to 14-6 with 1:46 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers forced the Bobcats to punt on their ensuing possession and began their next drive on the Bobcat 45 following a 22-yard punt return.

The Tigers took to the air, completing a 31- yard third down pass, several plays later scoring on a seven-yard pass. The Bobcats stopped the Tigers’ twopoint attempt to hang on to a 14-12 lead with 9:00 left in the game.

The Tigers got a huge break after forcing another three and out. The punt snap went over Jester’s head, and the Tigers took over at the three-yard line. The Bobcat defense held the Tigers out of the end zone, but a 27-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 15-14 lead with 6:04 left.

The Bobcat offense again couldn’t make a first down and punted to the Dothan 30. Four plays later the Tigers took a 22-14 lead following a 56-yard run with 2:55 left in the game.

The Tigers increased their lead several plays later with a 36-yard interception return to take a 29-14 lead with 2:32 left to play.

The Bobcats quickly cut the lead to 29-20 with 2:07 left when Kevin George threw a 34-yard touchdown strike to Quentavius Sparks. A two-point pass attempt failed.

The Tigers then ran out the clock after recovering an onside kick.

Defensively for Early County, Pinkney was in on nine tackles and had an interception. Johnson was in on seven tackles and had two interceptions. Ryan Wade and Jamal Washington both were in on eight tackles and Jaden Dunwoody was in on seven tackles.

Like the injuryplagued Bobcats, Dothan finished the season 2-8.

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