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Thanks to an open date, it took two weeks before the Oliver Springs could bounce back from their narrow loss to arch rival Coalfield, but Wiley Brackett’s squad put on a show Friday night with an impressive 47-16 victory over Jellico.
“I thought we came out and played exceptionally well,” Bobcat head coach Wiley Brackett said after the game. “That was big for us coming off a loss and an open date.”
A strong running game was Oliver Springs’ key to success as they piled up 359 yards just 29 carries. Those numbers are even more impressive considering leading rusher Eddie Stephenson carried the ball just four times for 73 yards. He did score two rushing touchdowns while adding another score on defense.
Shawn Childress was the leading rusher for Oliver Springs as he carried the ball seven times for 89 yards.
“We wanted to line up and run the ball tonight,” Brackett said. “We challenged our offensive line this week and they did a good job.”
While Oliver Springs won going away, it was Jellico that got the first big break of the night when Blue Devil LB Wesley Webb came up with a strip sack and recovery to give Jellico possession at the Bobcat 43.
Jellico, however, couldn’t take advantage as they fumbled the ball back on their first play from scrimmage then the Bobcats drove 53 yards in only three plays with QB Brandon Buck scoring on a five-yard keeper.
Oliver Springs’ PAT was no good, leaving the score 6-0 with 10:01 left in the first quarter.
Stephenson set up the score with a 33-yard run.
The Bobcats second scoring drive was even quicker as Markus Miller capped a two-play drive with a 40-yard burst up the middle.
Buck hit Devin Poole on the two-point try to make the score 14-0 with7:27 to play in the opening period.
Oliver Springs scored 67 seconds later when Stephenson stepped in front of a Tony Smith pass and raced 19 yards into the end zone.
Logan Ball added the PAT to make the score 21-0.
The Bobcats would put together one more scoring drive in the opening period. This drive lasted seven plays and covered 74 yards with Stephenson scoring from 26 yards out to make the score 27-0 with 2.9 seconds left in the opening quarter.
“Jumping out to the big lead was huge,” Brackett said. “It allowed us to get a lot of young kids into the game and rest some of our starters.”
The Bobcats would add one score to their lead in the second quarter as Stephenson scored from 11 yards out.
Dakota Miles added the PAT to make the score 34-0 with 6:12 left in the half.
Anthony Woods had a 42-yard punt return and Childress added a 32-yard run to set up the score.
The Bobcats scored again on their first possession of the second half as Buck threw a five-yard pass to Shelby Morgan to cap a six-play, 39-yard drive that made the score 40-0 with 7:41 left in the third quarter.
The Blue Devils avoided the shutout on their next possession by marching 80 yards in 12 plays. Smith capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ernie Defore.
Smith hooked up with Hunter Chadwell on the conversion to make the score 40-8 with 10:25 left to play.
Derrick Tinker scored the final touchdown for Oliver Springs when he raced into the end zone from 37 yards out to make the score 47-8 with 8:07 left to play.
The Blue Devils would get one last score when Smith tossed a 15-yard pass to Drew Bruce with 1:28 left to put the finishing touches on a seven-play, 54-yard drive.
Jordan Hammond ran in the conversion to make the final score 47-16.
Jellico ended the evening with 187 yards total offense. Chadwell led the ground game with 60 yards on 19 carries. Smith added 60 yards and two TDs passing while Bruce had five receptions for 29 yards.
With the victory, Oliver Springs improves to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 4-A. The Bobcats have a huge game on tap this week when they travel to Oneida (5-1, 2-0).
“Oneida is always a tough place to play,” Brackett said. “Coach (Tony) Lambert is a great coach and they’re a very physical and disciplined football team. We have to take care of the ball and take advantage of any turnovers we get.”
Jellico drops to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in district play. The Blue Devils host Coalfield (4-2, 3-0) Friday night.
Rushing- Stephenson 4-73 with 2 TDs, Childress 7-89, Buck 3-(-3), Miles 1-7, Madewell 2-13, Miller 1-40 with 1 TD, Tinker 5-59 with 1 TD, Woods 2-34, Sharp 3-50, Edmondson 1-7.
Passing- Buck 3-6 for 11 yards with 1 TD.
Receiving- Edmondson 1-6, Woods 1-0, Morgan 1-5.