The Hobbton Wildcats finished their football season Friday night with a 54-13 loss to James Kenan in the first round of the state playoffs. The Wildcats finished on a positive note; however. Robert Hill, in his first year as head coach at Hobbton, was pleased with how his season turned out even though he wasn’t as successful as he hoped to be.
After the game, he commented, “I thought we played pretty good at times. There were a couple of mistakes here and there. They are obviously a whole lot better than we are at this point and its something we can work towards. I’m so proud of how hard the guys have worked all year long. I think we got better in some spots. We just have to get bigger, faster and stronger and keep working during the off season and get ready for next year.”
James Kenan scored pretty much at will. The Tigers scored in the first quarter but missed the PAT kick. The Wildcat defense stopped them late in the first quarter when a 4th down pass was knocked away.
Kenan scored early in the second quarter to go up 13-0. They would score 2 more in the second quarter to take a 27-0 lead into the break.
Early in the third quarter, Kenan would tally again after stopping the Wildcats first drive of the second half. After another Kenan touchdown in the third quarter, Omar Farrior took the kick off and ran it 71 yards to the Kenan 20-yard line. With 4:26 left in the third, JD Faison scored on a 3-yard run capping a 20-yard drive. Bradley Gurrola kicked the point after for a 40-7 score.
James Kenan would score once more in the third quarter for a 48-7 lead at the break. With just over 4 minutes left in the game, Kenan would raise the score to 54-7.
After a good runback on the kick off, the Wildcats scored again as time expired when Farrior got running room around the right side for a 36-yard TD run.
Farrior led the rushing with 48 yards and a 71 yard kick off return. Steven Bell adde 30 yards. Defensively, Chris Vazquez had 4 tackles and 6 assists. JD Faison had 6 tackles, 2 assists and 2 deflections. The Wildcats finished the season 3-9.