Opp win secures second-place

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

Opp's loss to the Ashford Yellow Jackets last Friday night cost them the Class 4A, Region 2 Championship. The loss, however, did not end the Bobcats' season.

Opp will still make the playoffs regardless of the outcome of Friday night's game against the Geneva Panthers at Channell-Lee Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Bobcats are in the playoffs, but getting in and playing at home is still a possibility only if the Bobcats cage the Panthers Friday.

Opp Head Coach Jeff Rhodes said the game against Geneva is big because the region runner-up gets to host a first-round playoff game. The loser has to travel to play the Class 4A, Region 3 Runner-Up.

"The winner finishes second in the region. If we lose, we finish third," Rhodes said.

The game may be even bigger for Geneva because a loss for the Panthers could eliminate them from the postseason picture depending on what the other teams in the region do Friday night.

"We've got a lot riding on this game and so does Geneva," Rhodes said. "We definitely don't want to have to travel in the first round of the playoffs and Geneva probably doesn't want to travel either.

"If Geneva wins they are in the playoffs," he added. "If they lose, they could not make the playoffs."

Rhodes said the Bobcats are motivated after the loss to Ashford.

Opp had some costly mistakes in the game against the Yellow Jackets and Rhodes said the players and coaching staff must prevent similar mistakes from occurring in the game against Geneva.

"We have to play mistake-free football," Rhodes said. "We are playing good football right now. Mistakes are just hurting us. We are getting great effort from the players."

Rhodes said it is difficult to game plan for the Panthers because the Geneva offense varies week to week.

He said one week the Panthers will throw the ball all over the field with a high-octane passing attack, and the next week they will rely on a rushing game to move the ball.

Rhodes and the Bobcats are gearing up for a rushing attack.

"I think they'll be running the ball," he said. "But, it's hard to tell."