In the cross-county rivalry of the cats, Lakewood’s Leopards got the best of the Hobbton Wildcats Friday night. The final was 48-0, Lakewood.
The Wildcats got first chance but went three and out. Lakewood took over at their 39-yard line but their first drive stalled and they had to punt. On that possession, Hobbton lost an interception at their 31-yard line. Lakewood finally got their scoring machine revved up with 2:38 left in the first quarter.
Cameron Sessoms hit Andre Rich on a 15-yard pass play. Tyler Hobbs kicked the point after for a 7-0 Lakewood lead.
With 8:35 left in the second quarter Sessoms connected with Kris Teasdale on an 11-yard pass play for a score. Hobbs’ PAT kick was wide, the score was 13-0.
The Wildcats took over but didn’t gain much and punted. Lakewood took over at their 39-yard line and proceeded to score with 5:28 left in the half. Sessoms connected with Bryce Tanner on a 30-yard pass play, Hobbs kicked the PAT for a 20-0 Lakewood lead.
With 36 ticks left on the play clock in the half, the combo of Sessoms and Tanner scored again on 30-yard pass play. Hobbs made it 27-0 at the half.
Lakewood had first possession but were stopped by the Wildcat defense with 7 minutes left in the third period. However, the Wildcat drive didn’t last long but they had a chance. On fourth down, a Lakewood penalty gave Hobbton a first down. They weren’t able to capitalize and wound up kicking again.
With 15 seconds left in the third, Jahdon Smith made it to the end zone on a 15-yard run. Hobbs kicked the point after for a 34-0 lead.
After a punt, Lakewood wound up with the ball on the Wildcat 31-yard line. Lakewood’s Ellijah Davis scored on a two yard dive up the middle for a 40-0 lead. Hobbs centered the PAT kick for a 41-0 lead with 8:43 left in the game.
Lakewood started putting the younger players in but still held on. With about four minutes left, Immanuel Mitchell got through traffic and scampered 55 yards for the final Lakewood score. Hobbs’ PAT kick made it 48-0.
For the Wildcats’ defense, Thorn Bauser had two tackles, DaCorris Morrison had eight, Greyson Rogers had 11 with two assists, Greg Morrisey had seven tackles and a sack, Will Simmons on four tackles and four assists, Charlie Cruz on five tackles and one assist and Aaron Beasley ended with four tackles and a sack.
Offensively, Charlie Cruz had nine carries for 23 yards.
For Lakewood, Shemar Tucker had five tackles, Luke Brewer with eight tackles and a sack, Tristan Holmes had seven tackles and a sack, Michael Owens with five tackles and a sack, Juwauan Johnson had three tackles and an interception, Dylan Ivy had five tackles, Jameek Johnson had five tackles and a fumble recovery, Josh Carter with five tackles and a fumble recovery, Smith had three tackles and a sack and Teasdale finished with one tackle and one sack.
Smith led the Leopard offense with 129 yards on 20 carries. Mitchell had one carry for 57 yards, Johnson had five carries for 34 yards and Ivey had one carry for 17 yards. Sessoms was 7-for-11 in the air for 143 yards.
Receiving, Johnson had three receptions for 46 yards, Teasdale had one for 11 yards, Tanner caught one for 28 yards, Smith had a reception for 28 yards and Tucker had one for 25 yards.
“It was a conference win,” comment Lakewood coach James Lewis. “That’s what we were looking for. I thought we played well at times. We had a lot of penalties. I also thought Hobbton played hard. We are just happy to get out of here with a win.”
“I was proud of our effort,” commented Hobbton coach Robert Hill. “I know its hard to see for the casual fan, but we have gotten so much better over the last two or three weeks. The scoreboard doesn’t show it; but, our heart is better, our attitude is better, our kids are putting forth effort which is what we have asked them to do. They are competing the whole game. It just isn’t turning out the way we want it to.”
Lakewood improves to 7-2 on the season, while keeping the Wildcats winless. The Wildcats travel to Union next week and the Leopards play host to Princeton.