The Hobbton Wildcats were clawed by the Rosewood Eagles Friday night. The Wildcats were riding high after their two straight wins, however, conference rivals Rosewood had other ideas. It was a dominating effort on the night from the Eagles as they took home a 35-0 win in a very physical game.
“That was a real good team and although we were prepared for that type of game defensively we just couldn’t get the offense in gear,” commented Hobbton coach Joe Salas. “We’ve got to keep getting in the weight room and getting stronger and get better on offense.”
Although the Wildcats had high marks and big plays, they just couldn’t find the end zone to punch a score in. Late in the game, they had moved the ball all the way down to the Eagles 2-yard line but they failed to get in the end zone.
Rosewood got their first score of the game with just over four minutes left in the first quarter. Scoring a touchdown, the PAT sailed wild, leaving the score at 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After picking up a fumble by the Wildcats, the Eagles scored again early in the second quarter. This time, the two-point conversion was good on a running play to make the score 14-0.
As the half began to wind down, Rosewood aired it out in an attempt to score again before the half. Hobbton, however, thwarted the opportunity. Grayson Rogers picked off a pass and moved it out to the 30-yard line but time had expired when he was finally brought down.
After halftime, Rosewood went right back to work.
The Eagles scored twice in the third quarter to make it a 28-0 lead going into the final frame.
Their final score came with 3:57 left in the game for the final 35-0 tally.
For the Wildcats, Rogers had 15 rushing yards on four carries. Daniel Britt caught one for 25 yards and Braden Herring caught one for 12 yards. DaCorris Morrison had 10 carries for 31 yards.
With the loss, the Wildcats are back at .500 on the season with a 3-3 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Carolina 1A Conference. Things don’t get easier this week for Hobbton as they travel to face undefeated Princeton on Friday.
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