Offense explodes for Bobcats

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor


The Oliver Springs Bobcats participated in their first scrimmage of the fall Friday evening and the results were good for Wiley Brackett's squad as they found the end zone a total of seven times against visiting Sweetwater at Arrowhead Park.

The results were surprising considering the Bobcats started six freshmen that were seeing their first contact at the varsity level.

"It went well for a first scrimmage," Brackett said. "We were starting six freshman on both sides of the ball tonight and it was good to see them play well in their first time out."

While Oliver Springs was playing a lot of underclassmen, all of its touchdowns were scored by upperclassmen.

Four of those touchdowns came thanks to the right arm of junior QB Brandon Buck. He tossed one touchdown each to a pair of seniors. One was an 11-yard pass to TE Markus Miller and the second was a beautiful 60-yard bomb to WR Shelby Morgan.

Buck's final two touchdown passes were thrown to junior Taylor Murray, who just joined the team this year. Murray had touchdown receptions of 30 and 45 yards.

"Brandon threw the ball well and I thought our receivers made some good plays," Brackett said. "We'll need those guys to play well this season."

The Bobcats also scored two times on the ground, both by junior Derrik Tinker. The first was a 30-yard run that was followed by an 18-yard jaunt.

Brackett was pleased with the ground game considering the Bobcats are relying heavily on underclassmen up front this season.

"Our line did good tonight," Brackett said. "They rose to the occasion tonight and we need more of that."

Oliver Springs' final score came on defense when Shelby Morgan returned a fumble 64 yards for the score.

The news wasn't all good for the Bobcats defense, however, as Sweetwater scored five touchdowns of its own on offense on what was a 70-yard practice field.

The Bobcats will get a chance to improve on their defense Tuesday when they travel to Decatur to take on Meigs County in their final full-scale fall scrimmage. The Bobcats will also take on Harriman Friday in the 2014 Roane County Jamboree at Oliver Springs. Oliver Springs opens the regular season the following Friday, Aug. 22 when they host Unaka.

"We've got to keep getting better," Brackett said. "We can't afford any steps backward. We've to go come off the field every day better."