Bobcats fall at Grundy County, 39-27

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By Goose Lindsay

History repeated itself Friday night as for the second straight year winless Grundy County knocked off undefeated Oliver Springs. Last season, it was the Yellow Jackets traveling to Oliver Springs and downing the Bobcats, 40-21, and Friday night the Yellow Jackets defended their home turf with a 39-27 victory.

The story for Oliver Springs on Friday was basically a slow start. Grundy County scored on their first four possessions Friday in taking a 26-7 lead. The Bobcats did close to within one score twice in the second half, but they could never make up the early deficit.

The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good with a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter. Grundy County opened the game with a three-play, 68-yard scoring drive, and they followed that with a 13-play, 71-yard scoring drive that made the score 13-0 at the end of one period of play.

The Bobcats did get things turned around in the second period.

Oliver Springs scored on the second play of the second period as QB Garrett Miller threw a one yard touchdown pass to Ray Efferson. Miller also helped set up the score with a 34-yard run.

Austin Rice added the PAT to make the score 13-7.

Grundy County, however, answered with a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive, and a five-play, 40-yard drive to give the Yellow Jackets a 26-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Bobcats would cut into the lead before halftime as RB Jordan Romero capped a seven-play, 62-yard drive with a 13-yard run.

Rice added the PAT to make the score 26-14.

Oliver Springs got even closer at the start of the third quarter as Wiley Brackett’s squad drove 56 yards in only four plays to cut Grundy’s lead to 26-20.

Romero capped the drive with a 31-yard run.

Rice’s PAT was blocked.

Oliver Springs couldn’t come up with a big play on defense, however, as the Yellow Jackets answered with a 68-yard scoring run to make the score 33-20.

The shootout suddenly turned defensive as both teams failed to score on two straight possessions.

Oliver Springs snapped the scoring drought when Miller capped a 14-play, 63-yard drive with a four-yard run that pulled the Bobcats to within 33-27 midway through the final period.

Grundy County, however, answered again as the Yellow Jackets put the game away with a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive that made the score 39-27.

Any hopes of a late Bobcat miracle ended in an interception.

Oliver Springs ended the evening with 348 yards of total offense with 199 yards coming on the ground and 149 coming through the air. 

Miller was the Bobcats big gun as he carried the ball 20 times for 127 yards and he added 131 yards passing, converting on 11 of 19 attempts. Miller ran and threw for a touchdown.

Romero added 76 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

Grundy County rolled up 363 yards rushing on 41 carries while adding 107 yards passing for 470 total yards.  

Oliver Springs (2-1) will look to rebound Friday night when they travel to Coalfield (2-1) for a big District 4-A contest for both teams.

Oliver Springs Statistics

Rushing- Miller 20-127 with 1 TD, Williams 4-7, Romero 12-76 with 2 TDs, Rice 1-(-5), West 1-(-6).

Passing- Miller 11-19 for 131 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT., Romero 1-1 for 18 yards, Team 0-1.

 Receiving- McBee 3-51, Romero 3-18, Sweet 1-15, Simms 1-6, Efferson 2-5 for 1 TD, Williams 2-54.