2018-08-29 / Campus

Bobcats defeat Eufaula on the road

By Collin Wilson

Montravious George (14) looks for running room behind a wall of blockers including Jay Ealey (47), Jaden Dunwoody (50), and Perry Lee (53). Montravious George (14) looks for running room behind a wall of blockers including Jay Ealey (47), Jaden Dunwoody (50), and Perry Lee (53). Early County came back from a tough loss to win big on the road in Eufaula 28-3 Friday night.

Starting the game, the Eufaula Tigers would begin receiving the ball. Their first drive would move far into Bobcat territory, but would come to an end after a 4th down hold from the Bobcats defense.

The Bobcats offense started off shaky and quarterback Asher White would throw an interception that would be overruled due to a blatant pass interference, and the drive would continue. However, the new set of downs wouldn’t bring much and the punt team was brought onto the field.

On the next drive, senior cornerback Johntavious Johnson would intercept the Tigers’ pass and get the ball back for the offense.

White would go deep again and Eufaula would get another pass interference call against them, giving the Bobcats a first down. Later in the drive, Alex Warr would nail a school record field goal that would be called off by a false start.

After that the offense would come out and try to get the first down but not succeed resulting in a turnover on downs. After a few drives, Cesar Garcia would climb the ladder for the interception and give the Cats the ball inside Tiger territory. After a holding call, it seemed that there was no way to get anything until Aaron Yarbrough ran down the left side for a huge gain.

The next few plays set up Warr for the field goal, but a messy snap and bad hold resulted in a miss for the junior kicker.

The Tiger drive seemed to be a three and out, but more first half special teams trouble gave them a first down. Then the Tigers’ running back would make a break out run and get the Tigers in the redzone. While allowing the Tigers to get inside the 10, a great defensive hold left the Tigers with just a field goal. This brought the score to 3-0 Eufaula going into the half.

Coming out in the second half only down three and receiving the kick, the Bobcats were looking to change that. After the Tigers committed another costly pass interference, it set up another first down.

On the next play, senior running back Yarbrough would spin off a tackle in the back field and run 46 yards for the first Bobcat touchdown. Warr would make the lead 7-3 after nailing the PAT.

The Tiger drive would then be cut short by a fumble recovered by Escondarious Pinkney for the Cats. The next drive was an excellent effort from the Early County offense with the help of yet another pass interference against Eufaula.

After that, running back Yarbrough would take it in but would be called back on a holding penalty. The next play junior quarterback White would throw a 19 yard touchdown pass to Braveon George. This increased the lead to 14- 3 after Warr’s field goal.

After a great defensive stand Early County would get the ball back after the Eufaula punter pinned them inside our own 20. On a big play, quarterback White would throw a screen pass that after a broken tackle would go for a first down and huge gain for the Cats.

Despite this the Cats would still punt, but after a muff long snapper Jalen Reed would run down the field and recover the ball inside the Tiger 25. The very next play, White would fire a strike down the left sideline for a 24 yard touchdown pass to Jamone King. Warr’s kick was good bring the Bobcat lead to 21-3 in Tiger Stadium.

After a Tiger punt on the next drive the cats would fumble in the backfield giving the ball to the Tigers again. After taking a big sack from Zyderious McClendon, the tigers would drop back to pass on third and long. He threw the ball down the field close to the first down, but cornerback Garcia would wrestle the ball out for the interception.

After that the Bobcat offense would go nowhere, but Warr’s punt is muffed again this time recovered by Garcia for his third turnover of the game. This set the Cats up to move down the field and Yarbrough would take it down the left side for a huge gain and a first and goal.

They would give it to him again and he would bring the Cats to the 1.

On the next play, he would take it into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game. Warr’s field goal attempt is good and gave the concession stand a scare went the ball went right through the window. This brought the score to 28-3. The ensuing kickoff would be returned onto Early County’s side of the field until Warr would make the tackle, but just a little too far out of bounds and picked up an unnecessary roughness call.

The following drive was a quick three and interception for the Bobcats. Following the offense would run the clock out and finish up the tigers 28-3 in Tiger Stadium. The game ended leaving Yarbrough as the stand out player — rushing for 224 on 26 carries and two Touchdowns.

Bobcats play at home this week against Cook County. Kickoff is a 7:30.

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