The Hobbton Wildcats had a pretty good homecoming Friday night, getting their second win of the season over Heide Trask 24-6.
Wildcat head coach Jeff Byrd said, “We did a great job. The last three weeks we have gotten better each week. We had a few setbacks this week, but I thought we showed a lot of character. This is our first homecoming win in about three years. Like I told them, keep working hard and good things will happen. Defensively we played pretty well. Offensively, we came out in the “Wildcat” and I think it threw them off a bit. I have to give it to our players, it was a great game.”
Trask got off to a bad start, fumbling the opening kick off. Ricky Pope recovered for the Wildcats giving them good field position at midfield. However the Wildcats stalled and had to punt.
Hobbton got the ball back one series later, returning the punt 44 yards to the 19-yard line. With four minutes left in the first quarter, Jonathan Ross scored on an 18-yard run. Eli Escalara kicked the point after for a 7-0 Wildcat lead.
With 8:18 left in the second quarter, Charles Chestnutt fielded a Trask punt and returned it 59 yards for another score. Escalara kicked the point after for a 14-0 lead.
Nearing the end of the second quarter, Chestnutt scored again on a 35-yard run capping an 85-yard drive. Escalara kicked the point after for a 21-0 half time lead.
After crowning Clarissa Davila Homecoming Queen, the Wildcats set to work in the second half. Their scoring came to an end in the third with a 22-yard field goal by Escalara with 7:10 left in the third.
The Wildcats and the Titians traded fumbles later in the third period setting up a 6-yard touchdown by Dylan Kraft. The point after failed on a run. The score was 24-6, the final. The rest of the game was defense.
Chestnutt rushed 22 times for 154 yards, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 punt return for a score. Ross had 36 yards on 5 carries and 1 touchdown. The Wildcats had a total of 241 yards on 39 attempts.
The Wildcats travel to Lakewood next week for anther episode in the cross county rivalry.