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In what can best be described as absolute domination, the Oliver Springs Bobcats kicked off their 2010 season with a bang, scalping the Hancock County Indians 47-0.
“Overall, we had a decent start to the season,” Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett. “This is a great confidence booster compared to where we were a few years ago and it’s great to start the season off 1-0.”
Oliver Springs’ first play of the 2010 season was an explosive 84-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff by Haven Williams.
Austin Rice hit the PAT for the ‘Cats, making the score 7-0 with 11:41 left in the opening quarter.
The ‘Cats struck again with 8:12 left in the opening quarter, covering 65 yards in three plays with Garrett Miller scoring on a 17-yard quarterback keeper.
Rice’s PAT was good making the score 14-0.
The lead was boosted to 20-0 on a Miller to Rice nine-yard touchdown strike to cap off a 5-play, 17-yard drive.
Rice’s PAT was no good, making the score 20-0 with 4:13 left in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, the ‘Cats took four plays to cover nine yards with the scoring play being a one-yard quarterback sneak by Lance Green.
Rice drilled the PAT, making the score 27-0 with 11:11 left in the half.
The Bobcats padded their lead on an extensive 14-play, 84-yard drive, with Jordan Romero scoring on a nine-yard touchdown run.
Rice’s PAT was good and with 31.8 seconds to go in the half, the ‘Cats held a 34-0 lead.
The ‘Cats had an opportunity to put more points up on a 43-yard field goal attempt by Austin Rice set up by a Ray Efferson interception. However, the field goal was short and the half ended with the ‘Cats leading 34-0.
With 57.9 seconds left in the third quarter, Oliver Springs capped off a 6-play, 86-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown run by Romero.
Rice’s PAT was good, making the score 41-0 at that point.
The ‘Cats got their final score of the game in the final quarter with 5:54 left in the game, wrapping up a 6-play, 21-yard drive with a Lance Green to Austin Rice seven-yard touchdown strike.
Rice’s PAT was no good, as the final score was 47-0.
Hancock County beat the ‘Cats through the air, 96-78, but the big catalysts in the victory for Oliver Springs was a 4-1 turnover advantage over the Indians and a 204-(-3) advantage in rushing with OS winning the total yardage battle 282-93.
Garrett Miller (4-7, 71 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) led the ‘Cats through the air and Miller (6-79-1 TD), Romero (10-59-2 TDs), and Ray Crass (3-32) led the ground attack with Michael Nelson (255) leading the receiving charge for Oliver Springs.
Austin Woodall (6 tackles), Seth Morgan (5 tackles), and Michael Aliff (5 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 FR) were the leading tacklers with Shaun Childress and Ray Efferson each getting an interception and Sean Wright recovering a fumble as well for Oliver Springs.
Hancock County was led by the passing of Cody Gibson (10-20, 96 yards, 2 INTs) and the receiving of Roman Maness (5-45). Michael Canter (10 tackles) and Cass Holt (8 tackles) led the Indian defense.
“The positives tonight were our receivers played really well and our quarterbacks made good decisions,” Brackett said. “Up front, we’re a bit young and we’ve got some work to do, but it’s a long season and we’ve got to stop the unnecessary penalties.”
Next week, the Bobcats have their homecoming against the Oakdale Eagles. “Oakdale’s tough. They gave us fits last year and we need to get ourselves ready for them by going in the film room and having a hard week of practice.”