The Hobbton Wildcats suffered a disappointing loss to the Pender Patriots Friday night after a rain delay of about 30 minutes. The final was 52-0. Pender dominated the game offensively and defensively.
According to Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd, “What could go wrong did go wrong. In the last three games, we have had negative things on the first play of the game. We just have to keep working at it.”
Byrd also said, “We are real inexperienced and young up front. We have kids still learning what to do. It is going to take some time.”
Pender was successful with recovering the “on-side” kick on the opening kickoff. They turned that into a 50-yard scoring drive. The point after was stopped, however.
The Wildcats ran three and attempted to punt. The punt was blocked with Pender recovering on the 1-yard line which led to another easy score. The point after was good making it 14-0.
Pender scored again in the second on a 50-yard run from scrimmage. The point after made it 22-0.
The Wildcat defensive unit stopped Pender several times; however, the offense was unable to move the ball. Pender came out after the half and on first down scampered 65 yards for a score to make it 28-0. The point after failed on a run.
Pender scored again at the 9:28 mark of the third quarter on a 10-yard run. The point after made the score 36-0.
The Wildcats turned the ball around and lost an interception which resulted in a 50-yard run back to raise the score to 42-0. The point after made it 44-0.
With 1 minute left in the third quarter, Pender scored again on a 45-yard run from scrimmage. The score was 50-0. The extra point made it 52-0.