2018-09-05 / Campus

Bobcats defeat Hornets 17-0

By Collin Wilson

Cook defender tries to hold on trying to tackle Bobcats’ Michael Washington (14). Cook defender tries to hold on trying to tackle Bobcats’ Michael Washington (14). The Early County Bobcats shutout the Cook County Hornets 17-0 Friday in the first home game of the season at Standifer Field.

The opening kickoff went out of bounds causing a rekick and this gave the Cats great starting field position. This was quickly stopped as the offense would go 3 and out. The Bobcat defense would come up big however earning a three and out to give the ball back to the offense.

The Cats would try to start up the running game, but couldn’t get anything going. On third and long quarterback Asher White would step back and deliver a strike across the middle of the field to Braveon George who would made a huge gain out of it.

The next play would be a quick option to the right, and White would pitch it to none other than Aaron Yarbrough who would go 38 yards for the score. Warr’s kick sailed cleanly through the uprights making the score 7-0 at home for the Cats.

The Bobcat defense would allow a small drive, but hold and force a punt. The Hornet punter would place the inside the Bobcats 10- yard line and the offense would go to work again. White would call his own number early for a huge gain to bring the first quarter to a close.

A couple plays later the snap would go over White’s head, but a late hit would give the Bobcats another shot. White would look over the middle again, but this time overshot his target, Montravious George. The punt return would give the Hornets decent field position. However, the talented Bobcat defense would create another stop as well at bring the punter down after he had trouble with the snap.

The Bobcat offense would set up deep in Hornet territory. After failing on third down again, the field goal unit would come on and Warr’s kick would be good giving the Cats a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Hornet offense would come out looking to make something happen through the air and began to drive. This would be put to a stop by senior safety Javiah Wimberly coming up with an amazing interception. The snap again went over White’s head and pinned the Bobcat offense deep within their own territory. However the offense would struggle and go for another three and out. Warr would come out to punt and get a friendly roll to put the Hornets at mid field. This wouldn’t last long as they would make a drive deep into Bobcat territory. Inside the ten they dropped back to pass and cornerback Cesar Garcia intercepted the ball and took it back 103 yards for the pick six. Warr’s kick was again good for the PAT and the lead increased to 17-0.

On the kickoff the Bobcats would recover the fumble and get the ball back to kneel out the clock and take it to the locker room for the half.

The second half was a very tough defensive battle with neither team wanting to give an inch and the Bobcats running the clock out very methodically. Some talking would go down between the teams causing some unrest on both sidelines. After making a tackle there would be a very late hit by a Hornet player. Then on a later second down they would take a shot deep down the field, but Garcia would climb the ladder to bat the ball down and bring it to a third down. Then after a costly penalty the Hornets would punt.

After the punt the Bobcats would go to work but fumble deep within their own territory setting up the Hornets with great field position. The defense would hold and bring on the Hornets’ special teams for a field goal attempt which would be blocked by senior linebacker Escondarious Pinkney to keep the shutout alive. After that, the defensive war continued in the trenches as the Cats worked the clock down and continued to dominate on defense. Next week the Cats take on the Worth County Rams at home. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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