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The trip might have been a long one, but it was a good one for the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night as Wiley Brackett's squad blasted Jellico, 48-20.
For Oliver Springs, Friday's victory was expected, but big nonetheless as the Bobcats are now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 4-A.
“I thought we came out really focused tonight,” Bobcat head coach Wiley Brackett said following the game. “I don't think the bus ride bothered us tonight and it's good for us to get out of this game without any injuries.”
The Bobcats made quick work of the Blue Devils as Oliver Springs scored on their first five possessions en route to a 42-7 halftime lead.
Oliver Springs opened the contest with a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended with Jordan Romero scoring on a two-yard run.
QB Garrett Miller set up the score as he completed four passes in the drive for 52 yards.
Kyle Coker's PAT was no good, leaving the score 6-0 with 7:42 left in the first period.
The Blue Devils failed to cover a short kickoff after the touchdown and Oliver Springs responded with a three-play, 37-yard scoring drive that made the score 13-0 after Coker's PAT with 6:32 left in the opening period.
Miller scored the touchdown on a 12-yard run while Romero set up the score with a 22-yard burst.
All wasn't easy for the Bobcats, however, as the Blue Devils took their first possession of the night and quickly marched 79 yards down the field for a touchdown that made the score 13-7 with 2:36 left in the opening quarter.
All nine Jellico plays in the drive were passes as QB Devin Oakes completed six passes with the final completion being a 23-yard scoring toss Gabe Mitchell.
The Bobcats, however, would make some changes in their pass defense and the result was Jellico not picking up a first down on their next six possessions.
“We went to more man-to-man on their receivers and did more blitzing with our linebackers,” Brackett said.
After allowing the score, Oliver Springs came right back with a seven-play, 63-yard drive that ended with Miller scoring on a 21-yard run.
Oliver Springs' PAT was no good, leaving the score 19-7 with 11:46 left in the first half.
The Bobcats next scoring drive was a quick four-play, 53-yard drive that ended in Romero scoring from nine yards out. Romero also added the two-point conversion to make the score 27-7 with 9:12 left in the second period.
A Brady Sweat interception and subsequent 32-yard return would set up another quick score as Austin Woodall scored on a five-yard run with 8:22 left in the first half.
Romero again added a two-point conversion as the Bobcats led 35-7.
The Bobcats would get one more score before halftime as backup QB Lance Green connected with Michael Nelson from 42 yards away to put the finishing touches on a two-play scoring drive that made the score 42-7 with 1:40 left in the first half.
Oliver Springs picked up where they left off in the third period as the Bobcats marched 70 yards in nine plays with Austin West scoring from 10 yards out on the final play of the third period.
The PAT was no good, leaving the score 48-7.
The Blue Devils did score two touchdowns in the final period to make the final score 48-20.
Ryan Payne scored the Blue Devils first touchdown in the final period as he returned a fumble eight yards for a score with 6:24 remaining.
Oakes capped the scoring with a 24-yard pass to Nathan Overton on the final play of the game.
The Bobcats amassed 401 yards of total offense on the night with 291 of those yards coming on the ground.
Miller led the Bobcats with 93 yards rushing and two TDs on only five attempts while Romero added 74 yards and two more scores on nine carries.
Miller and Green combined to complete 6 of 9 passes for 110 yards and another score.
Jellico ended the evening completing 15 of 28 passes for 224 yards while the Blue Devils ran the ball 12 times for minus one yard.
Up next for the Bobcats is a huge District 4-A contest at home on Friday against Oneida (2-4, 1-1). The Indians beat Oliver Springs on their way to the District 4-A championship, but both teams enter Friday's contest with one district loss and will drop out of title contention this season with a loss on Friday.
Oliver Springs Statistics
Rushing- Romero 9-74 with 2 TDs, Miller 5-93 with 2 TDs, R. Crass 4-16, West 5-45 with 1 TD, Williams 6-30, Woodall 1-5 with 1 TD, Green 1-5, Stephenson 1-22, L. Crass 2-(-1), Miles 1-2, Team 1-0.
Passing- Miller 4-6 for 52 yards, Green 2-3 for 58 yards with 1 TD.
Receiving- West 2-30, Box 1-13, Nelson 2-51 with 1 TD, Simms 1-16.