The Hobbton Wildcats traveled to Rosewood Thursday night for their first conference football game. The game was moved up because of weather concerns for Friday night. The Wildcats had disappointing trip as they lost 27-14; however, Rosewood knew they had been there.
After the game, Wildcat coach Robert Hill told his players, “I’m proud of you. I own this loss. You did everything we asked you to do, especially in the second half.”
Hill continued, “We did much better in the second half. The first half, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. We had opportunities all game long; but, we just didn’t capitalize on them. I saw improvements on both the offensive side and the defensive side. I think we are getting better and that’s what we try to do each week.”
The Wildcats had first chance, in the rain. They fumbled on second down with Rosewood recovering at the Wildcat 48-yard line. Rosewood fumbled it a couple of plays later at the Wildcat 32-yard line.
The Wildcats turned it around but a couple of minutes later, they were forced to punt. Rosewood took over at the their 40-yard line. With 3:10 left in the first quarter, Rosewood put the first points on the board capping a 60-yard drive. The extra point kick made it a 7-0 ballgame.
The Wildcats quickly answered with a 65-yard touchdown run by Josh Polk with 1:06 left in the first quarter. The point after kick was wide leaving the score at 7-6, Rosewood.
With 10 seconds left in the quarter, Rosewood got on the board again. The point after raised the score to 14-6.
Rosewood would get on the board again with 3:43 left in the half. The point after attempt on a run was shut down by the Wildcat defense. The half-time score was 20-6, Rosewood.
In the second half, Rosewood had first chance. They fumbled the ball with the Wildcats recovering. However, Hobbton’s Jason Scrivner was intercepted with 4:21 left in the third quarter. Rosewood fumbled again with the Wildcats recovering. The Wildcats lost another interception in the end zone.
The Wildcats were threatening the third quarter with 2 good runs from the 10-yard line by Scrivner. One was called back on a procedure penalty. The 4th down run came up 3 yards short of a score.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Wildcat defense had Rosewood backed up deep in their own territory. A bad snap for center over the punter’s head, the fourth of the night, gave the Wildcats the ball on the Rosewood 15-yard line. Omar Farrior, breaking a couple of tackles on the way, scored from 4 yards out to make it 20-12. Polk got around right end to on the point after attempt for 2 to make it 20-14 with 9:38 left in the game.
Rosewood would score again with just over 5 minutes left to go up 27-14, the final.
Offensively, Bryant had 73 yards 8 carries. Polk had 71 yards on 6 carries and 1 touchdown. Farrior had 31 yards on 4 carries and touchdown. The Wildcats carried 27 times for 213 yards.
Defensively, Jonathan Wright had 6 tackles, and 8 assists. Mason Wilson had 8 tackles and fumble recovery. Dequanta Wright had 8 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Ty Hunter had 2 tackles, 6 assists and 1 fumble recovery.
The Wildcats host Spring Creek next week for their annual homecoming game. They are now 2-4 on the season.