Last updated: August 22. 2014 4:17PM - 438 Views
By David Johnson Sports Writer



Josh Pope gets through traffic on his way to the end zone for Hobbton's second score. (David Johnson/The Sampson Independent)
Josh Pope gets through traffic on his way to the end zone for Hobbton's second score. (David Johnson/The Sampson Independent)
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The Hobbton Wildcat JV football team got off to a roaring start in Thursday night’s debut against East Bladen. However, it came to a halt late in the first half and in the fourth quarter. The final was 30-14.


Josh Pope took a pass from the 50–yard line in for a score on the Wildcats’ first possession. The point after was good for an 8-0 lead.


East Bladen came right back, scoring on their first possession and with the extra point, tied the score at 8 each.


On the ensuing kick-off, Pope took the ball 70 yards for what would be the Wildcats’ last score of the game.


East Bladen had a 22-14 lead at the half. Neither team got close to the end zone in the third quarter. Late in the game, East Bladen scored twice more for a 30-14 win.


Wildcat offensive coach, Les Spell, said, “We saw some good things and some things we have to work on. They stayed with it ‘til the end . I’m proud of them.”


The East Bladen coach, Richard Priest, said, “We have a lot of freshmen playing. We’ve got some size but not a lot of speed. We have a couple of backs that are decent. We have a long ways to go. We don’t have much experience in fundamentals. We have to work on that. I’m glad the way it turned out. They have a lot of young boys and not many of them. That makes a lot of difference .”


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