The Hobbton Wildcats were clawed badly Friday night against the Goldsboro High School Cougars. The final score was 56-0, Goldsboro.
Last year, the Cougars were 0-11; however, they are off to a roaring start for this season. The Cougars jumped on the Wildcats early, notching a score with 8:57 left in the first quarter. They scored a second time with 38 seconds left in the quarter to take a 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Goldsboro got on the board again. However, on the extra point kick, Thorn Bauser got to the ball blocking it. Goldsboro started a drive on the Wildcat 13-yard line, scoring on that drive. With the 2-point conversion, they were up 28-0 with 7:36 left in the half.
They would run the score to 42-0 by halftime. One bright spot was Perry Daughtry’s block of another extra point kick.
After the half, the mercy rule kicked in and the only time the clock stopped was a timeout or injury. Goldsboro would score twice more in the second half.
For the Wildcats, DaCorris Morrison picked up 33 yards on six rushing attempts. Greyson Rogers had 13 yards on three attempts. The Wildcats were only able to amass 47 yards on offense in the game.
Defensively, Will Simmons had seven tackles with three assists; Rogers had six tackles with three assists; Junior Esquivel tallied five tackles with two assists; and Tyler Hudson added four tackles with two assists.
“We just got beat up front. They were a little bit bigger, stronger and faster than we were. Our guys just have to learn,” said head coach Robert Hill. “We are playing a lot of young guys and they just have to learn how to win. Once we learn to do those things, we will be all right.”
The Wildcats host the Bears of Chatham Central next Friday night.
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