The Hobbton Wildcats began conference football play Friday night traveling to Rosewood. The Wildcats came away with a 41-7 loss in a hard fought defensive game.
“The final score is not indicative of how we played,” commented Hobbton coach Robert Hill. “Our effort and everything was much better this week than it was last week. That’s what we preach to them everyday at practice. Take nothing away for Smithfield–Selma, they beat us up pretty good.”
“That’s not the team I’m used to coaching,” Hill added. “We talked to them from Monday on about giving us more effort, and they did. “They competed, we made some mental mistakes that cost us. I’m proud of what they did tonight.”
Hobbton got the ball first but went three and out. Rosewood turned that into a score with just over 8 minutes left in the first quarter. The extra point attempt was blocked by Aaron Beasley.
On the next attempt, Hobbton went three and out again. As the quarter ended, Charlie Cruz caused a Rosewood fumble and recovered it at the Rosewood 20-yard line.
The Wildcats turned that into a score about 3 minutes into the second quarter when Greyson Rogers connected with Will Simmons in the end zone for a touchdown. Michael Escalera kicked the PAT for a 7-6 Wildcat lead.
The Wildcat defense stopped the Eagles on the next possession. Then a fumbled punt return gave the Eagles the ball on the Wildcat 18-yard line which resulted in another Rosewood score. With the PAT, Rosewood had a 13-7 lead.
The Wildcats fumbled the next possession with Rosewood recovering in good field position. This resulted in another Rosewood tally to go up 20-7 with the PAT. The half ended with Rosewood leading 20-7.
Rosewood would score 3 more times in the last half for the win.
Defensively, Daniel Britt led the effort with 7 tackles, 1 assist and 1 pass defense. Thorn Bauser had 5 tackles, Rogers had 4 tackles, Cruz had 6 tackles, caused a fumble and recovered it plus breaking up an Eagle pass. Greg Morrisey added 5 tackles and Will Simmons was credited with 4 tackles and 2 pass receptions, one for a touchdown.
DaCorris Morrison had 34 yards on offense, Rayquan Faison had 9 yards, Rogers had 8 yards and 2 pass completions, 2 for 2 on the night. Cruz managed to get 2 yards in heavy traffic.
The Wildcats host the Princeton Bulldogs next Friday night for homecoming.