Wildcats fall, still searching for first win

By: By David Johnson - Sports Writer

In a hard fought physical game the Hobbton Wildcats came away disappointed, losing 36-14 to Spring Creek.

The Wildcats started in the hole when, on a third down pass attempt in the first series, Greyson Rogers was intercepted giving the Gators excellent field position. Which, they took advantage of scoring with 7:34 left in the first period. The PAT failed on a run leaving the score at 6-0.

The Wildcats went three-and-out then were forced to punt. The Wildcats defense stopped the Gators on the next series. The Wildcats took over with excellent field position; however, Rogers had the ball stripped and Spring Creek picked it up and ran it for a second score with 38 seconds left in the first quarter. The PAT attempt was stopped leaving Spring Creek with a 12-0 advantage.

The Wildcats, with a little help from Spring Creek’s defense, got on the board with 10:02 left in the third period on a 2-yard run by DaCorris Morrison. The PAT failed on a run making the score 12-6.

Spring Creek fumble the kick-off return giving the Wildcats good field position. Spring Creek also gave up a long penalty giving the Wildcats the ball on the Gator 9-yard line. The Wildcat got hit with a couple of penalties moving the ball back to the 25-yard line where the drive died.

With 5:47 left in the half, Josh Royal picked off a Spring Creek pass giving the Wildcats the ball on the Spring Creek 45 after another long penalty. They were backed into a hole again by the Gator defense and set up in punt formation. Rogers connected with Morrison on 19-yard pass play which still came up short of the first down.

With 1:11 left in the half, Spring Creek connected through the air again on a 40-yard pass play. With the PAT on a run, the Gator took a 20-6 lead into the break.

The Wildcats would get their final score with 1:33 left in the third quarter when Rogers got up the middle on a 4-yard run. Morrison scored the PAT on a run of his own and bringing the score to 20-14.

Spring Creek would score 2 more time in the second half, the last coming with 55 ticks left on the clock.

The Wildcats were able to get 138 yards on the ground and another 98 yards on two pass plays. Daniel Britt had 75 yards, Rogers had 40 yards on the ground and was 2-of-4 for 98 yards passing with one interception and Charlie Cruz had 23 yards.

Defensively, Britt had 10 tackles, Cruz had seven tackles, Tyler Hudson had six tackles, Will Simmons added nine tackles, Paxton Hudson with six tackles, Morrison amassed six tackles and two pass breaks, Rogers had two tackles of his own and a sack and Greg Morrisey ended with 5 tackles.

“We got better this week,” said Hobbton coach Robert Hill. “I think we played with a lot of heart. We show a whole lot more effort than we have shown. I think our kids left everything they had on the field. All I ask is that they get better every week and I think that’s what they are doing.”

“It was a very physical game and we tried to get as many in as we could. Again, I think our kids stepped up and played as well as they could play,” Hill continued.

“It was a 180 degree turn around in effort. We just make some key mistakes in the first half and that cost us. Then we battled back. We had guys step in and give us some chances,” commented offensive coach Steve Mallard.

The Wildcats host Midway on Friday night.

DaCorris Morrison looks for some running room in the Wildcats’ loss to Spring Creek. Morrison scored a touchdown and a conversion.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_DaCorris-Morrison.jpgDaCorris Morrison looks for some running room in the Wildcats’ loss to Spring Creek. Morrison scored a touchdown and a conversion.

Josh Royal runs back an interception with a Gator hanging on.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Josh-Royal-1.jpgJosh Royal runs back an interception with a Gator hanging on.
Hobbton has Midway up next

By David Johnson

Sports Writer