The Hobbton Wildcats made it 2 in a row Thursday night getting a 33-6 win over a tenacious Kipp Pride team. The score doesn’t really indicate how the game went. Kipp never gave up getting their only score with 23 seconds left.
Wildcat coach Robert Hill said, “2-1, it’s a lot of work we have done and put together preseason. I’m happy for the kids because it’s been a long time since they have had that kind of record. Even though it’s early in the season, I just want them to enjoy it and get better every day.”
The Wildcats had first chance and scored taking almost 3 minutes off the clock. Gregory Herring hit Raekwon Bryant on a 30 yard pass for the first score with 9:03 left in the first quarter. Bradley Gurrola kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead.
Kipp took over at their 40 yard line moving the ball to the Wildcat 18-yard line before giving up the ball on downs on an incomplete 4th down pass.
The Wildcats turned the ball around scoring on a pass play for Herring to Josh Polk covering 65 yards. Guerrilla’s kick made it 14-0 with 0.8 seconds left in the first quarter.
Kipp’s next possession came up short with the Wildcats taking over at mid-field. They scored with 6:20 left when Steven Bell scored on a 22-yard run. The point after kick was wide. The score was 20-0.
The next Kipp possession came up short. Hobbton took over at the Kipp 46-yard line. Bryant scored again on a 46-yard run to make it 26-0 with 4:33 left in the half. Gurrola’s PAT kick made it 27-0.
With 1:07 left in the first half, Herring intercepted Kipp’s Marvin Moody. The Wildcats ran out of time before the Wildcats could score again. Bell got the ball down to the 12 yard line on a long run. He came up inches short as time ran out in the half. The half time score was 27-0, Hobbton.
Kipp had first chance but lost an interception at their 28-yard line. Bryant picked Moody again. The Wildcats gave up the ball on downs for the first time in the game. The third quarter was spent jockeying for position.
The Wildcats started the 4th quarter at the Kipp 40-yard line. Seconds later, J. D. Faison scored on a 23-yard run to make it 33-0. The PAT kick was wide.
Hobbton coach Hill put the second string in for experience. Kipp’s scoring drive cover 85 yards ending with Moody’s 4 yard touchdown run. The point after failed on a run as the Wildcat defense shut them down. They got the “on-side” kick to get the ball back. Three incomplete passes later, they downed the ball to run the last 6 seconds off the clock.
The Wildcats had a balanced rushing effort. Bryant had 102 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Bell had 103 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown. Herring was 2 for 3 with 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. Polk had 1 reception for 68 yards and touchdown. Bryant had 1 reception for 30 yards and a touchdown.
The 2-1 Wildcats travel to Union next week to take on the Spartans.