Wildcats’ homecoming spoiled


Hobbton seeking to avoid winless season; Lakewood next

By David Johnson - Sports Writer



DaCorris Morrison gets one of his 12 tackles on Tyler Whitley in the Wildcats’ loss to Princeton.


Josh Royal gets outside for several of his 29 yards rushing.


In the battle of the ‘Cats and the ‘Dogs, the Princeton Bulldogs spoiled homecoming for the Hobbton Wildcats winning 49-6.

Hobbton had first chance but turned the ball over on downs on a incomplete third down pass with 9:37 left in the first quarter.

Princeton turned the ball around scoring on an 85-yard drive with 5:43 left in the quarter. With the extra point, they had a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kick-off, Princeton short kicked with the Wildcats taking possession at the Princeton 49-yard line. With 2:56 left in the first quarter, the Wildcats answered scoring on 7-yard run by Greyson Rogers. Michael Escalera’s PAT kick was wide leaving the score at 7-6.

From there it was mostly Princeton. The Wildcats came up with some great defensive plays but were never able to get back on the scoreboard.

Princeton went up 14-7 with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. On the Wildcat possession, they were moving the ball but Rogers lost an interception at the Bulldog 35 yard line to kill that drive with just 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

Princeton scored again with 8:32 left in the half to go up 21-6. The Bulldogs tried the onside kick once again and were successful recovering the ball at the Wildcat 45-yard line. From there, they scored on a long pass play. With 3:24 left in the half, Princeton held a 28-6 lead.

Just before the half, the Wildcats caused a Princeton turnover with DaCorris Morrison recovering giving the Wildcats possession. However, the clock ran out before they could do much with their gift.

Princeton scored on the first possession of the second half and then scored two more times to get the win.

Defensively, Morrison had 12 tackles, five assists and one fumble recovery. Will Simmons led the defensive effort with 14 tackles. Rogers added another four tackles and Charlie Cruz had six tackles and four assists.

Rogers was 2-of-10 passing for 42 yards. The Wildcats had 24 rushing attempts for 88 yards. Morrison led the offensive effort with 52 rushing yards and one pass reception for 35 yards. Josh Royal had 29 yards on the ground while Simmons caught a pass for 7 yards.

The Wildcats will play their last home game Friday night, hosting Lakewood. They will be seeking to avoid a winless season, currently standing at 0-8.

DaCorris Morrison gets one of his 12 tackles on Tyler Whitley in the Wildcats’ loss to Princeton.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_DaCorris-Morrison.jpgDaCorris Morrison gets one of his 12 tackles on Tyler Whitley in the Wildcats’ loss to Princeton.

Josh Royal gets outside for several of his 29 yards rushing.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Josh-royal.jpgJosh Royal gets outside for several of his 29 yards rushing.
Hobbton seeking to avoid winless season; Lakewood next

By David Johnson

Sports Writer

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