Bobcats no match for 'Kees, fall 31-20

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By Brody Jones

The Greenback Cherokees pinned a "catastrophic 31-10 loss on the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night in high school football action.

"We got whipped on both sides of the ball tonight." said a dejected Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett. "Physically and mentally, we just did not show up tonight." 

Greenback marched their first series 66 yards in eight plays to score on a 4-yard Hogan Goodson quarterback keeper. 

The PAT was good, making the early score 7-0 with 9:10 left in the first quarter. 

The 'Kees next scoring drive took seven plays and covered 48 yards when Goodson found Eric Anderson for a 27-yard touchdown strike to make the score 14-0 with 10:03 left in the first half. 

Greenback got on the board again, capping off a 12-play, 94-yard drive with a 3-yard run by Goodson, making the score 21-0 with 2:28 left until halftime. 

Oliver Springs would march 55 yards in 10 plays on their next drive and, after having a touchdown called back for a block in the back, the Bobcats had to settle for a 27-yard Austin Rice field goal to end the first half trailing 21-3. 

Oliver Springs took the opening drive of the second half 7 plays and 67 yards, scoring when Garrett Miller found John Simms from 29 yards out for the Bobcat score. 

Rice's PAT was good and with 9:29 left in the third quarter, the score was now 21-10. 

Greenback, however, regained the momentum quickly as they marched 64 yards in 10 plays to kick a 25-yard field goal to make the score 24-10 with 5:19 left in the third quarter. 

Greenback took their next drive 52 yards to the end zone and scored on a 3-yard Richard Seymour run to make the eventual final score 31-10.

Oliver Springs had a 131-71 yard advantage through the air but where the Cats were demolished in the ground game, giving up 336 yards compared to accumulating 11 yards on the ground for the Bobcats. 

Greenback was led by Goodson (71 yards passing, 174 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and Seymour (147 yards rushing, 1 TD).

Oliver Springs was led through the air by Miller (9-13, 131 yards, 1 TD) and in receiving by Simms (3-74. 1 TD) and Austin West (3-39). 

Michael Aliff (11 tackles, 2 TFL) and Sean Wright (10 tackles) recorded double digit tackles on defense.

 Oliver Springs (0-2) will look to rebound Friday night at Oakdale (1-1). Friday’s contest will be the first District 4-A game for both teams.