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Bobcats blanked by Jackets

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By Brian Langley

For the third straight year, the Coalfield vs. Oliver Springs game was one-sided on the scoreboard. 

In 2008, Coalfield rolled to a 26-0 victory. Last season, the Bobcats cruised to a 48-2 win. Friday night, the Yellow Jackets got their revenge with a 20-0 shutout victory over their neighborhood rivals on Rochelle Field.

The Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-0 in District 4-A) stayed perfect in the district with their third win in last the last five years against Oliver Springs, who dropped their second straight game.

It was only the third shutout for Coalfield against the Bobcats in the last 27 years (2010, 2008 and 1973) in a series that has been mostly purple and gold.

“It was a heck of a win for our team. Oliver Springs  has a good football team. I’m proud of our kids and the effort they gave all game,” said Coalfield head coach Keith Henry.

“Our kids made a lot of big plays and it was a very big district win over such a huge rival. To get a shutout was a big thing for our team.” 

Coalfield got on the board late in the first quarter when Cody Hill hit Anthony Wilkins for a 17-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-five. Tyler Walls’ extra point made it 7-0.

The Coalfield defense then came up with the first of four turnovers when Seth Francis picked off a pass. 

Coalfield’s offense followed by marching 55 yards in 16 plays with Allen Seiber scoring on a one-yard run on fourth-and-goal. 

Walls missed the extra point, but Coalfield led 13-0 early in the second quarter to take control of the game. 

Coalfield converted three fourth downs in the drive, including a 17-yard pass from Hill to Francis.

On the very next drive, Oliver Springs’ Jordan Romero broke loose for what looked like was going to be a touchdown that might have sparked the Bobcats, but Coalfield’s Francis stripped the ball inside the five and the ball went through the end zone for a touchback.

Coalfield’s Wilkins picked off a pass later in the first half, but the Jackets ran out of time inside the Oliver Springs 20.

The Yellow Jackets put the final nail in the coffin with the opening drive of the third quarter when Hill and Wilkins hooked up again for another 17-yard touchdown toss. 

Walls hit the PAT for a 20-0 advantage.

The Bobcats got inside the Coalfield 20 on their next three possessions, but they were turned away each time, including Francis picking off his second pass of the game.

Coalfield milked a lot of clock on their next drive that ended on downs at the Oliver Springs 17. The Bobcats then ran seven plays before the final horn sounded with Coalfield on top 20-0.

Coalfield held a 301-220 edge in total yards and used the four Oliver Springs miscues into the victory. 

Oliver Springs’ 193-yard rushing effort was led by the junior tandem of Garrett Miller (18-83) and Jordan Romero (7-71). Haven Williams added 30 yards on seven carries. 

Miller was 3-11 for 27 yards and three interceptions through the air. Romero (1-10) and Matthew Box (1-10) were the top receivers.

Coalfield’s 303-yard offensive effort was led by junior running back Allen Seiber (25-136, 1 TD rush, 4-40 receiving). Cody Hill was 12-19 for 130 yards and two scores through the air. 

Anthony Wilkins (3-42, 1 TD) was the leading receiver. 

Oliver Springs (2-2, 1-1 in District 4-A) will travel to Midway for a Roane County battle this Friday night. The Bobcats defeated Midway 24-13 last season.

Oliver Springs Statistics

Rushing- Miller 18-83, Romero 7-71, Williams 7-30, West 2-9. 

Passing- Miller 3-11 for 27 yards with 3 INTs). 

 Receiving- Romero 1-10, Box 1-10, Nelson 1-7.