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Bobcats slam Eagles, 41-0

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Oliver Springs Bobcats ran their season record to 2-0 Friday night with an impressive 41-0 victory over visiting Oakdale in a District 4-A contest at D.J. Brittan Field.

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Friday's performance wasn't perfect according to Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett, but the Bobcats did amass 314 yards of total offense while holding the Eagles to -2 yards on the night.

"It's good to start off the season at 2-0, but I felt we were sloppy at times," Brackett said. "We made too many mistakes and they're three front on defense gave us a lot of problems. We've still got a long way to go before we're where we need to be."

Oliver Springs got off to a fast start tonight as the Bobcats opened the game with a 9-play, 55-yard drive that ended in a 12-yard scoring run by Garrett Miller.

Miller's score was one of three on the night by the Bobcat QB as he ended the evening with 127 yards rushing on only 10 carries. Miller also added a 10-yard touchdown pass on the night.

"I thought Garrett played well tonight," Brackett said. "He did a good job of running the offense."

Austin Rice added the PAT to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with 7:43 left in the first quarter.

Oliver Springs threatened to score again on their next drive as the Bobcats drove inside the Eagles 20 before a fumble ended their scoring chance.

Oliver Springs would not be denied on their next possession as the Bobcats took over at the Eagle 31 after a short punt and needed only one play from Miller to score from there.

Rice added the PAT to give the Bobcats a 14-0 lead with 1:46 left in the opening quarter.

Oliver Springs' third scoring drive of the night also covered 31 yards as the Bobcats needed eight plays to cover that distance and make the score 21-0 with 8:55 left in the first half.

Oliver Springs' score came on a 10-yard pass from Miller to Brady Sweet.

Oliver Springs defense set up their next score as LB Seth Morgan picked off an Eagle pass to give the Bobcats possession at their own 40. Miller scored four plays later on a 40-yard run to give the Bobcats a 27-0 lead with 4:39 left in the first half.

The Bobcats would put together one last scoring drive in the first half as the Bobcats marched 50 yards in five plays to make the score 34-0 with 1:45 left until intermission.

Jordan Romero did most of the damage in the drive as he carried three times for 31 yards. Romero's third carry was a four-yard touchdown run.

Oliver Springs' defense got in on the act in the second half as Sweet intercepted the third play of the second half and returned the pick 47 yards for a score.

Rice added the PAT to make the score 41-0.

The rest of the game was played under TSSAA's mercy rule and neither team scored in the final 22 minutes of play.

The Bobcats finished the night with 281 yards rushing on 36 carries. Besides Miller's 127 yards, Romero added 58 yards on 10 carries while Austin West had 46 yards on four carries.

Miller completed 3 of 6 passes for 33 yards.

Up next for Oliver Springs (2-0) is a trip to Coalmont to take on winless Grundy County (0-2). Grundy County, however, was also 0-2 last season when they defeated Oliver Springs, 40-21.

"They've played Sequatchie County and South Pittsburg so their level of competition has been good," Brackett said. "Last year they were a big, physical team and they beat us pretty good. We're going to have to play better if we want to win down there."

Oliver Springs Statistics

Rushing- Nelson 1-11, Williams 3-14, Romero 10-58 with 1 TD, Miller 10-127 with 3 TDs, Woodall 1-(-1), West 4-46, Crass 4-36, Miles (2-6), Team 1-(-16).

Passing- Miller 3-6 for 33 yards with 1 TD.

Receiving- Romero 1-9, Sweet 1-18 with 1 TD, Rice 1-14.