Bobcats downed by Wildcats, 29-6

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By Brownie Rose

Two coaching buddies met for the fourth time in their history and this time the mentor got the better of the student. Former Midway head coach Craig Moser beat Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett for the first time in the fourth match-up between the two coaches as Sweetwater downed Oliver Springs, 29-6. 

Brackett’s Bobcats won twice over Moser while he was at Midway. Brackett won again last year when Moser was an associate head coach at Sweetwater.

Brackett also got his start in coaching when he was an assistant coach on Moser’s staff at Midway.

The Oliver Springs offense never had much momentum in the loss. The Bobcats gained only 69 yards on 37 carries. Eddie Stephenson did gain 70 yards on seven carries, but the next best runner was Austin West who gained only 47 yards on three runs. Forty-two of the yards came on one run in the second quarter.

Freshman quarterback Brandon Buck did complete seven of 15 passes for 105 yards, but most of the night he was running for his life. Buck lost 58 yards on nine carries, most coming on sacks.

After a three-and-out from Oliver Springs to start the game, Sweetwater quickly took control driving 70 yards in six plays to grab an early 6-0 lead after the extra point was blocked.

Another three-and-out by the Bobcats followed the kickoff, but one of the Oliver Springs highlights of the night was the punting by John Simms. Simms boomed another long punt that pinned Sweetwater back on the 20. 

The game then turned into a battle of field position that eventually turned in favor of Sweetwater after the Bobcats fumbled on their own 31. That field position led to a 24-yard field goal and a 9-0 lead for the Wildcats.

West got his big 42-yard run on the second play after the kickoff, but the Bobcats drive would stall after a sack in the red zone.

Sweetwater then started to take control as they drove 73 yards on eight plays to go up 15-0 with 3:42 left in the half. 

The two-point try failed.

Oliver Springs got a great kickoff return of 60 yards by Keith Roberts to set up their only touchdown of the night. Buck would find Simms down the visitor sideline for 31 yards and the touchdown. 

The PAT was blocked to leave the Bobcats down 15-6. 

Oliver Springs’ momentum didn’t last long, however, as Sweetwater drove 61 yards in two minutes for to give them a 22-6 halftime lead. 

Sweetwater essentially put the game away with a touchdown drive to begin the second half. The Wildcats drove 66 yards in seven plays for a 29-6 lead. 

Oliver Springs crossed midfield on their first two possessions in the third quarter, but the first ended in a punt from the 44 and the second ended when Buck was intercepted at the 42.

Oliver Springs had a couple of chances later to score, but would come up empty.

Shawn Childress intercepted a pass and returned it to the Sweetwater 35. The Bobcats drove to the 19, but would not score.

The Bobcats final chance at the end zone would see the Bobcats put together a 14-play drive that reached the Wildcats three before turning the ball over on downs.

Oliver Springs (1-3, 1-0) will be at Coalfield this Friday in a key District 4-A match-up for both teams.

 Sweetwater improved to 4-0 with the victory.