The Hobbton Wildcats got in the win column Friday night with a blow out of visiting Kestral Heights. The final was 57-6. At half time, the Wildcats recognized players and cheerleaders from the 1993 championship team.
Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd said, “It was great to get in the win column. It’s been a long time. We’ve been out here since August. We executed tonight and ran the ball good. We did other things well. It was great to get the win. Maybe it will make practice a little better and get these boys excited.
Kestral had first chance and moved the ball to the 5-yard line on a 65-yard run by Izaiyah Coleman. However the Wildcat defense shut them down and they turned the ball over on downs at the 1-yard line.
Hobbton took over and marched 99 yards for a score capped by a 46-yard run by Raequan Bryant. Marque Surles scored the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 Hobbton lead.
Kestral tried again but didn’t get much. The Wildcats took over on the Kestral 18-yard line after a bad snap on 4th down. The Wildcats took over on Kestral’s 18-yard line. Gregory Herring hit Johnnie Knowles on an 18-yard pass for another score. Malik Parker kicked the point after for a 15-0 Hobbton lead with 4:58 left in the first quarter.
Kestral was unable to generate any offense on the next possession. Hobbton took over on the 50-yard line. On the first play of the second quarter, Surles scored from 5 yards out to make it 21-0. The PAT was blocked.
Kestral got their only score on the next series. Coleman hit Kendall Crump on a 62-yard pass play. The point after failed.
Hobbton scored again with 7:29 left in the half on a 2-yard run by Surles capping a 63-yard drive. Parker kicked the point after for a 28-6 Hobbton lead.
With just under 5 minutes left, Herring hooked up with Frankie Faison on a 39-yard pass play to raised the margin to 34-6. The PAT kick was wide.
The final score of the first half came with just over 2 minutes left when Steven Bell scored for the Wildcats. Parker’s kick made it 41-6 at the half.
Hobbton turned their first possession of the second half into another score with 8:47 left in the third quarter. Jamison Dunn scored on a 10-yard run. Parker’s kick made it 48-6.
The Wildcats punted the ball for the first time in the game late in the 3rd quarter. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Parker scampered in from 21-yards out to make it 56-6. He, then, kicked the point after for the final score, 57-6.
The Wildcats kept possession most of the last quarter burning the clock by keeping the ball on the ground to keep from scoring again. Byrd also put some players who hadn’t seen much playing time in for the experience.
For Hobbton, Surles had 103 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns. Bryant had 109 yards on 5 carries and 1 touchdown. Dunn carried 5 times for 52 yards and a score.Bell carried 4 times for 45 yards and a score. Faison caught 1 pass for a score.
The Wildcats, 1-7, host league leading James Kenan next week at 7:30 pm