The James Kenan Tigers visited Wildcat Stadium Friday night and clawed their way past the Wildcats 35-14. The half time score was 35-0. Kenan played the bench the second half.
“They have a great football team,” said Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd. “The first half, they just did what they wanted to. We were in the places to make the tackles at times. We just didn’t. Second half the young kids established themselves a little bit. We moved the ball a little bit. Maybe that will give us some motivation going to North Duplin next week. That’s our big rivalry now. I told them if we could finish 2-2 in the last four games, maybe we could salvage something.”
Kenan pretty much scored at will the first half. Both teams played the first half on the Hobbton end of the field. With less than 30 seconds off the clock, they scored on a 33-yard pass play. Five minutes later, they scored again a 2-yard run. The score, with 6:24 left in the first quarter, was 14-0. The Tigers would score again in the first quarter going up 21-0 with 3:27 left in the quarter.
Forty-seconds into the second quarter, Kenan scored again on a 19-yard run for a 28-0 lead. With 7:30 left in the half, Tiger Marcelias Sutton took a punt 73 yards for a score making it 35-0.
The Wildcats were able to burn the rest of the quarter keeping the ball on the ground and running the clock.
Hobbton had first chance after the half. They were forced to punt; however, Kenan fumbled the ball with Hobbton recovering on the 43-yard line. They turned that into a 53-yard scoring drive when Ellis Wilson scored from 5-yards out. Marque Surles scored the point after on a run for a 35-8 game.
The Wildcats scored again late in the fourth quarter when Logan Langston hit Frankie Faison on a 20-yard pass play. The point after failed. The score was 35-14.
The Wildcats will travel to North Duplin next week. Game time is 7:30.