OSMS downs Wartburg, 36-14

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By Marty Maston


The Oliver Springs Middle Bobcats spoiled 8th grade night for the Wartburg Bulldogs with a 36-14 victory at the Ronnie Trout complex Thursday evening.

After a short kickoff, the Bobcats started in great position right around midfield. It took only three plays for the Cats (6-1) to draw first blood as Jonathan Woodard went in from 15 yards out for the score. Michael Lowe had a nice catch from Hunter Melton to help the drive. 

Melton hit Bobby Farr for the two-point conversion and the ’Cats led 8-0.

 The Bulldogs started their first possession on their own 30. A short run by Brandon Grimes and a short pass to Sailor Jones netted six yards for the Dogs before an incomplete pass forced in the punt team. The snap, however, went over Josh Moore’s head and gave Oliver Springs great field position at the Bulldog 20. 

Michael Lowe would run in from there to give Oliver Springs a 14-0 lead with 3:42 left in the opening quarter.

The ’Dogs (0-7) would start the next drive on their 35 and had little success against the Cat defense. A sack by Boone Davis set the Bulldogs back and then Lowe intercepted a Bulldog pass to give Oliver Springs possession at the Bulldog 33. 

It would only take one play for the ’Cats to strike again as Logan Kelly scampered 33 yards for the score to make the score 20-0 after one quarter. 

The Bulldogs offense continued to struggle as they went their third drive without a first down. The ’Cats then had their longest drive of the night as they went 54 yards in seven plays to take a 28-0 lead with 5:46 left in the half. Kelly finished off the drive with a 13-yard run.

The Bulldogs picked up their initial first down on their next drive. Grimes and Moore teamed up for nice runs on the ground before Boone Davidson hit Jake Branstetter on a 13-yard touchdown pass to get the Bulldogs on the board with 27 ticks left in the half. 

The Cats quickly answered on the final play from scrimmage in the first half. Lowe scored his second touchdown of the night going 51 yards for the score. 

Melton hit Jacob Haney for the two-point conversion to give Oliver Springs a 36-6 lead heading to the locker room. 

The second half began with a little momentum from the Bulldog offense. Moore had a 24-yard kickoff return and then Davidson went 26 yards to get into Bobcat territory, but a fumble stopped the drive. Boone Davis recovered the fumble for Oliver Springs. 

This was then an opportunity for Oliver Springs head coach Larry Greene to get a lot of his young kids some quality playing time as Davis and Blake Crass took majority of the carries in the final half. 

The ’Dogs would score the lone touchdown of the half when Grimes carried in from five yards out for the score. Branstetter hit Dakota Smith for a 22-yard reception and Branstetter also had a 19-yard run to set up the score. 

Jones scored the two-point conversion for the final points of the night.  

Grimes had 10 carries for 24 yards and a touchdown. Jake Branstetter had a 13-yard touchdown catch. He also ran for 19 yards and threw a 28-yard pass to Dakota Smith. Davidson had 21 yards on the ground and also had a touchdown pass. 

Michael Lowe had two carries for 71 yards, both went for touchdowns. He also had a 20-yard reception to set up the first score for the Bobcats. Jonathan Woodard had three carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Logan Kelly had three carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns. 

Wartburg finishes out the regular season Thursday when they travel to Oakdale. Oliver Springs takes on Cherokee Thursday before their Clinch Valley Conference championship game at Spring City on Thursday, Oct. 10.