BEAR CREEK – The Hobbton Wildcats made a very productive trip to Bear Creek to take on the Chatham Central Bears Friday night and came away with a 56-8 win, the first for the Wildcats since mid-season last year.
Hobbton’s head coach Robert Hill said, “I’m proud of them. They’ve come a long way since August 1st. There’s still a lot of work to do but I want them to enjoy this and I think they did a fantastic job.” He told his players to have a great weekend and enjoy the victory; however, come Monday, it was back to work.
The Wildcats jumped on the Bears early taking 1:21 off the clock before going up 8-0 on an 8-yard run by Steven Bell after Raekwon Bryant got the ball down deep with a long sprint down the far sideline. Place kick holder Mason Wilson hit Chris Faison on a 2-point conversion.
On the next 2 series both teams had a problem with fumbles, each losing 1. Bryant then intercepted the Bears and returned the ball 60 yards for a score. The point after was good on a kick by Malik Parker. There was 4:28 left in the first quarter.
Chatham turned the ball around at their 43-yard line. Chris Faison picked up a sack early in the series and Central turned the ball over with 54 seconds left in the quarter on an incomplete 4th down pass.
The Wildcats scored on that possession early in the second quarter after getting out of trouble when Omar Farrior ran a fake punt around the left side for a first down. The score came on a 10-yard pass play from Gregory Herring to Bryant with 9:56 left in the half. The PAT kick was wide. The score was 21-0.
Chatham had another chance before the half; however that drive fizzled out when a fake punt failed to gain a first down. The score at the half was 21-0, Hobbton.
Central couldn’t do anything right the first few minutes of the second half. They lost 2 quick interceptions that the Wildcats turned into scores. The first came with just under 2 minutes off the clock when J. D. Faison picked off another Bear aerial and returned it 65 yards to raise the score to 27-0. The PAT kick was wide.
On the very next possession, Bryant picked off a Bear aerial returning it to the 16-yard line before being stopped. Two plays later, Josh Polk scored on a 6-yard run up the middle. Parker’s PAT kick went through the uprights to make the score 34-0 with 8:40 left in the third quarter.
On the next Bear series, Bryan Parker sack Central’s quarterback again. The Bears had to punt but Chris Faison blocked the punt about the 15-yard line and recovered it in the end zone for another Wildcat score. M. Parker’s PAT kick made the score 41-0 with 6:39 left in the third quarter.
On the next series, Polk picked another aerial for a score. With the PAT kick, the score was 48-0. At that point the score rule kicked in and the clock wasn’t stopped again except for injuries.
The last Wildcat score came in the final period on a 46-yard scamper by Omar Farrior. Wilson, again, hit Bryant for the 2-point conversion to raise the score to 56-0.
Late in the game, the Bears did get on the scoreboard after the Wildcats put the subs in for some playing time.
For the Wildcats, Bryant had 78 yards on 6 attempts and 2 interceptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Bell was 8 for 102 and a touchdown. Farrior was 3 for 57 and a touchdown. J. D. Faison had 1 interception for 65 yards. Polk had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Chatham’s running back had 25 carries for 140 yards.
The Wildcats now 1-1 on the season host Kipp Pride Thursday night at 7 PM.