The Hobbton Wildcats, as well as the other 4 county high schools, kicked off the 2015 edition of high school football Friday night in the annual Sampson County Football Jamboree at Clinton High School.
The Wildcats are young with 17 upperclassmen. Most of the returning players are juniors and sophomores. Numbers are a problem for the Wildcats again this year.
Wildcat head coach Robert Hill, Jr. said, “It’s a learning curve. I saw some bright spots on defense. We have a lot of work to do on offense. We are playing a lot of young kids and they have to learn the game and react to what’s going on on the field and try to get better every day. J. D. Faison played pretty good at corner. Offensively, if they will do the thing they are supposed to do we will be okay. We aren’t built for breaking 50 and 60 yard runs. We are built for 4 and 5 yards at a time and maybe breaking one outside once in a while. We have to focus on trying to get better.”
Defensive coach Steve Mallard echoed Hill’s thoughts on defense.
“I thought we played good at times,” he said. “I liked our hustle to the football. I thought we got to the football well. We have to work on getting off the ball, fundamentals. Its still early in the season. I liked the way we hustled to the ball.”
Hobbton will be back in action next week, when they host their longtime, county rival, the Midway Raiders.