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By GOOSE LINDSAY
The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats ran their season record to 2-1 with a 22-14 victory over Rockwood at D.J. Brittan Field.
Oliver Springs used a little bit of everything Thursday night as the Bobcats used 215 yards of offense, a perfectly executed fake punt that led to a touchdown on special teams, and the defense came up with two interceptions for Larry Green's squad.
The Bobcats opened the game on offense and were forced to punt after gaining only one yard in three plays, but the Bobcats came up with the first big break of the game when Tyler Duggins was roughed on his punt attempt and that kept the drive alive.
From there, the Bobcats drove 44 yards in eight plays to cap an 11-play, 55-yard drive with Seth Morgan scoring on a one-yard run. Morgan carried a total of nine times for 46 yards in the drive.
Michael Nelson ran in the two-point conversion to give the Bobcats an 8-0 lead with 1:41 left in the opening quarter.
Rockwood, however, came right back with a long drive of their own as the Tigers marched 56 yards in 11 plays with Hayden Freels scoring from one-yard out to make the score 8-6 with 3:53 left in the first half.
Freels and fellow RB Jared Breazeale combined to carry the ball on 10 of Rockwood's 11 plays on their first possession.
Rockwood's two-point try was no good.
Oliver Springs had just enough time to find the end zone again before the half ended.
Staring from their own 32, the Bobcats ran four plays and moved the ball to the Tiger 48 before QB Tyler Duggins hooked up with Nelson on a perfect throw and catch for a 48-yard touchdown. Oliver Springs' two-point try was no good, but the late score gave the Bobcats a 14-8 lead at intermission.
Rockwood opened the second half on offense and needed only three plays to reach the Bobcat 22, but the Bobcat defense soon came up with a big play as Lee Crass recovered a fumble to end the Tiger scoring threat.
The Bobcats then put together their third scoring drive of the night. The Bobcats moved into Tiger territory where the drive appeared stalled at the Tiger 40, but a fake punt pass from Duggins to Nelson gave the Bobcats a first down at the 21.
One play after a penalty, Duggins went to the air again and found Shawn Childress for a 31-yard touchdown. Morgan would run in the conversion to make the score 22-6 with 2:01 left in the third quarter.
Rockwood's next drive went nowhere and they punted the ball back to the Bobcats, but the Bobcats couldn't deliver the knockout punch on offense as they fumbled the ball away at the Tiger 32.
Rockwood, however, turned the ball over four plays later as Duggins intercepted a pass.
After stopping the Bobcat offense again, Rockwood took possession with 3:56 left to play and they would score quickly to make things interesting.
Two runs from Breazeale covering 42 yards and a 12-yard run from Freels set up a four-yard score from Freels with 2:10 left to play. Breazeale added the conversion to make the score 22-14.
Oliver Springs recovered the ensuing onside kick, but they couldn't run out the clock as Rockwood took over on offense at their own 41 with less than a minute to play.
Rockwood, however, couldn't make a late surge as Oliver Springs picked up the eight-point victory.
Rockwood hits the field again Thursday as they travel to CAK while Oliver Springs plays at Eagleton on Thursday.