Straughn remains perfect in 2002

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 28, 2002

The Straughn Tigers remained perfect after scratching out a 21-13 victory over the Opp Bobcats on Friday night.

The Straughn defense opened the game much like last week causing a turnover on the opening possession. The defense would back Opp up to it's own goal line forcing it to punt.

Straughn got on the board first when punter Drew Mims stepped out of the end zone, giving the Straughn Tigers a 2-0 lead with 6:41 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers would take the ensuing kickoff and storm down the field for another score. Michael Hobbs returned the kick for 26 yards. Two plays later Hobbs raced for a 45-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt was no good and the Tigers led 8-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter.

On Opp's next possession the Tiger defense would cause a fumble. Straughn linebacker Dawanis Samuel picked up the loose ball and ran it in from 44-yards out. The PAT was no good but Straughn increased its lead to 14-0.

The Opp Bobcats controlled the ball for most of the second quarter. On their second possession, senior running back Marquez Henderson took a toss around left end for a 43-yard touchdown. The PAT by Brock Kelley was good, cutting the score to 14-7 with 5:59 left in the first half.

The two teams would trade possessions for the rest of the quarter. Going into the half, Straughn led 14-7

Straughn would take the ball to start the third quarter. On the second play, running back Michael Hobbs burst through the line for a 58-yard scamper. Senior Brandon Hendrix ran for a gain of 16 putting the Tigers on the six-inch line. The next play junior quarterback Justin Bracewell ran in the quarterback sneak for the Tigers final score of the game. Dusty Varner's PAT was good and Straughn led 21-7 with 10:07 left in the third quarter.

Opp would not take long to answer with a score of its own. After an 18-yard kickoff return by Daniel Coleman, Brock Kelley powered his way for a 24-yard pick-up. Coleman picked up another first down with an 11-yard run. Jamacholis Stallworth took the next play straight through the middle of the defense for a 28-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt by Kelley was no good and the Bobcats trailed 21-13 with 9:06 left in the third quarter.

Straughn would threaten the end-zone one more time. On third and ten quarterback Justin Bracewell threw a pass intended for Jamie Straughn. However, cornerback Tyrell Hunter intercepted the pass in the end-zone.

Both defenses would hold strong for the rest of the game. Straughn sacked Opp quarterback Drew Mims on fourth down to preserve the victory.

The win takes Straughn to 5-0 on the season and drops Opp to 2-3. Straughn will play at home next week against Central (Hayneville).

Opp will host the Headland Rams. Both kickoffs set for 7:30 p.m.