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Bobcats roll to second win, 39-6

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By AARON HARVEY

Roane Newspapers

Wartburg won time of possession and had less penalty yards. That’s about it, as Oliver Springs won in dominating fashion for the second straight week, picking up a 39-6 victory in Morgan County.

The Bobcats’ crushing defense left the Bulldog ground game in the hole as 19 rushes went for -39 yards. Wartburg picked up its lone score with a 75-yard touchdown pass when backup quarterback Tyler Davis hit Bailey Craigo in the flat and let Craigo do the rest down the sideline.

Oliver Springs began the game with a great return to the Bulldog 25-yard line. It took two plays and 26 seconds to put points on the board when Scott Brown took his only carry of the night into the end zone. 

The next four Bobcat drives ended in scores and only took a total of 4:30 off the clock. Quarterback Kaden Armes had touchdown passes of 12, 17 and 52 yards to finish the half (and his night through the air) 4-5 for 85 yards.

Oliver Springs completely dominated the offensive side of the field as well finishing with 294 total yards to Wartburg’s 53. A near perfect game was only hampered by one turnover, a fumble in the second quarter that was immediately followed by an interception to get the ball back, and nine penalties for 85 yards. 

Wartburg starting quarterback Jake Branstetter had a rough night, going 1-6 for two yards and two interceptions.  Josh Moore was the only Bulldog to finish with positive rushing numbers on one carry for three yards.  

The Bulldogs’ five other rushers finished on the wrong side of the number line with Branstetter (5 for -2),  Saylor Jones (5 for -11), Caleb McCarty (5 for -9), Bunch (2 for -9) and Davis (1 for -3) filling the stat sheet.

The Bobcats were led once again by star running back Johnathan Woodward (5-66, TD).  Lane Lee put in some good work in the backfield after the game got out of hand by taking three carries for 35 yards and one score.  Mason Hill (2-31), Boone Davis (3-34) and Austin Robbins (2-28) made the most of limited carries.  

Hill, Blake Crass and Keigan White each added a receiving touchdown to their totals. Crass had a great game on both sides of the ball adding two interceptions, one on a very nice break to the ball.

Oliver Springs (2-0) will have its first home game of the season Thursday against Cherokee (1-0).