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Bobcats still in playoff race following win

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By Marty Maston

 

The Oliver Springs Bobcats are one step closer to clinching a playoff berth after a convincing 60-8 win over the Wartburg Bulldogs Friday night at D.J. Brittan Field.

The Oliver Springs defense forced a quick three-and-out and started their first drive on their own 27. 

Wartburg linebacker Adam Kilby forced Oliver Springs into a third and long when sophomore quarterback Brandon Buck hit Devin Poole for a 75-yard score. 

Dakota Miles added the point after for a 7-0 Bobcat lead. 

Despite a nice return by Matt Jackson that gave the Bulldogs great field position, the Wartburg offense could not take advantage and was forced to punt the ball back to Oliver Springs. 

It took Oliver Springs seven plays, all on the ground to march 70 yards with Shawn Childress carrying the final nine yards for the score to make the score 14-0 with 3:26 left in the opening period

On the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs went to the air to find their first success of the night on offense. Kilby hauled in a 49-yard pass from Ryan Poole to set the Bulldogs up for their only score. Poole would hit Justin Durham from 24 yards out for the Bulldog touchdown. 

Poole would also hit Durham for the two-point conversion to cut the Bobcat lead to 14-8. 

The two teams would exchange turnovers as Wartburg's Jordan Williams recovered a Bobcat fumble but the Bulldogs could not handle prosperity as they gave the ball right back to Oliver Springs on a Shelby Morgan interception.

The Bobcats then marched 90 yards in seven plays with Eddie Stephenson carrying the final 29 yards for the touchdown to make the score 21-8.    

The Bulldogs (2-7) continued to haunt themselves with mistakes as Jackson fielded the kickoff and slipped at the two yard line. The Bobcats defense forced a three-and-out and had great field position at the Bulldog 44. 

Childress scored his second touchdown of the night finishing up the short drive from three yards out to increase the Bobcat lead to  28-8 with just under six minutes remaining in the half.

Despite two nice passes from Poole on the next Bulldog possession, the drive stalled and gave Oliver Springs plenty of time to add one more score before the half. 

Buck scored the final touchdown of the half, sneaking in from three yards out.  

Childress added the two-point conversion for a 36-6 halftime lead. 

The Bobcats (5-4) received the second half kickoff and Anthony Woods returned the kick 76 yards for the Bobcat touchdown making the Bobcat lead 42-8 early in the third quarter. 

Wartburg went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half and was forced to punt for the fourth time of the night. 

Oliver Springs continued to use the ground game with tremendous success as they chewed up seven minutes off the clock and eventually scored from one yard out as Childress rushed for his third touchdown of the night, making the score 48-8. 

Wartburg's Kilby continued to show why he is one of the state's leading tacklers by adding seven tackles to his total on this drive alone. 

With the last score, the running clock came into play making for a quick fourth quarter. 

The Bobcat reserves still had time to manage two more scores as Markus Miller rambled in from five yards out and Chris Madewell scored from seven yards out to round out the scoring giving Oliver Springs the 60-8 victory. 

This win keeps the Bobcats hopes for postseason action alive, but they must defeat Monterey Friday night in Cookeville if they want to make the playoffs. 

Wartburg will finish out their season as they host Sunbright on the Bulldog Senior night. The Bulldogs have not lost to Sunbright since 1992.

Stephenson carried seven times for 101 yards and one touchdown. Childress had 15 carries for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Madewell had four carries for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Buck was one of three passing for 75 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown that covered three yards. 

Shelby Morgan had eight tackles and an interception on defense. 

The Bobcats had 318 rushing yards while the Bulldogs were held to (-)12 yards.  

Adam Kilby recorded 18 tackles for the Bulldogs and Jordan Williams had nine stops to lead the Bulldogs defense.