In the battle of the cats, the Hobbton Wildcats were mauled by the North Johnston Panthers 49-0 Thursday night.
The Wildcats just couldn’t get their offense in gear. On the first play of the game, a bad snap sent the ball over the head of quarterback Greyson Rogers putting the Wildcats in a hole to start with. They went three-and-out.
North Johnston returned the punt to the Hobbton 45-yard line, from which they scored the first time with just under nine minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next possession, the Wildcats fumbled the ball giving the Panthers the ball on the Wildcat 34-yard line. The Panthers scored again with six minutes left in the first quarter. The Panthers would score two more times in the first quarter, taking a 27-0 lead into the second quarter.
To begin the second quarter, the Wildcats gave up an interception giving the Panthers good field position. They turned that into a score going up 34-0. Another lost Wildcat fumble gave the Panthers the ball at the Wildcat 32-yard line, which gave the Panthers another score taking a 42-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Panthers played the younger players the second half. They managed to get one more score as the mercy rule kicked in, keeping the clock running without stopping.
Offensively, Will Simmons led the Wildcats with 34 yards on special teams. Junior Esquivel led the offensive rushing effort with 17 yards. Josh Royal had 10 and DaCorris Morrison had 11.
Royal led the defensive effort with eight tackles. Daniel Britt had seven, Tyler Hudson had five and Simmons added four.
“It’s just basics,” commented Wildcat coach Robert Hill. “We have to be able to block and tackle. We have to be able to line up in correct formations. Our coaches are working hard to make sure our kids know what they know. I was disappointed in our effort.”
The 0-3 Wildcats will travel to Spring Creek next week.