The Hobbton Wildcats lost their first conference football game Friday night to the Rosewood Eagles in a high-scoring affair, 56-34.
“I think we are doing much better,” Wildcat coach Robert Hill said. “We are learning and we’re doing some things better than we have been obviously in the past. I think we’ve come a long way since we started. We still have some things to work on defensively. We have to tackle better. I’m proud of the way our kids responded. I think they are doing the very best they can do with the numbers we have to work with. I’m just proud of them.”
The Wildcats had the first chance at the football but fumbled it away, with Rosewood recovering at their 45-yard line at the 7:33 mark in the first quarter. They turned that into a score with 6:56 left. With the extra point, they had a 7-0 lead.
Hobbton ran a series but wound up punting to the Eagles who took over at their 35-yard line. They turned that into a score with 43 seconds left in the first quarter. With the point after, they had a 14-0 lead.
The Wildcats generated some excitement when Omar Farrior took the Eagle kickoff 75 yards for the first Wildcat score. Justin Adkins hit Raekwon Bryant on the two-point play for a 14-8 game.
Rosewood scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 12-yard pass play. The PAT made the score 21-8. With 4:58 left in the half, Rosewood tallied again on a 17-yard run. The PAT made it 28-8.
After a long kickoff return to the Eagle 39-yard line, the Wildcats went to the air. Adkins threw the ball deep with two receivers in place. Rosewood had two defenders covering. One tipped the pass away from Walter Thompson. However, Farrior scooped the ball up before it could hit the ground and scored. With the PAT, the score was 28-15 with 1:41 left in the half.
The Wildcat defense, aided by Rosewood penalties, stopped the Eagles at the 22-yard line on third-and-long. The Eagles chose to got for a 32-yard field goal that missed, ending the half.
Rosewood took the second half kickoff, but fumbled the ball with Hobbton recovering on the 48-yard line. The Wildcats then had a punt blocked with Rosewood taking the recovery to the 1-yard line. They scored on the next play with 7:24 left in the third quarter. With the PAT, the score was 35-15.
With 2:01 left in the third, Rosewood scored again to go up 42-15 with the PAT. On the next series, The Wildcats had the ball on the 30-yard line. Adkins handed the ball off to Farrior who went to the left side. He broke three tackles on the sideline before finding some daylight and the race was on. He sprinted 70 yards for another Wildcat score. The PAT kick was wide. The score was 42-21 with 1:27 left at the end period.
On the first play of the final period, Rosewood scored again to go up 49-21. With 7:28 left, Bryant got away from the defenders scoring on an 8-yard run. The PAT failed again. The score was 49-27.
As the game wound down, Rosewood would put one more score on the board with 3:51 left in the game to go up 56-27.
However, the Wildcats weren’t finished. Thompson took the ensuing kickoff 27 yards putting the Wildcat deep in Eagle territory. Freshman Grayson Rogers got the call and took off up the middle before being run out of bounds at the 11-yard line after picking up 43 yards. Another freshman, Decorris Morrison, got the call and scored on an 11-yard run with 2:35 left. The PAT kick was good, the score was 56-34.
The Eagles ran out the clock on their next possession to end the game.
The Wildcats had 458 yard offense, Farrior leading the way with 164 yards. Bryant had 70 yards and Thompson had 80. Morrison had 77 yards and Rogers had 43.
The 1-5 Wildcats travel to Spring Creek Friday for Spring Creek’s homecoming. Game time is 7 p.m.