Bobcats beat Eagles Thursday night, 35-14

Published 12:06 am Saturday, August 21, 2010

EAST BREWTON – In muddy conditions Thursday night preseason football game in East Brewton, Opp beat W.S. Neal 35-14.

The B-team players for both schools played the first quarter and four minutes of the second quarter with the Bobcats holding an 8-0 lead when the varsity players took over.

With the varsity playing the remainder of the game, Opp’s varsity outscored W.S. Neal 27-14 to get the win.

The Bobcats amassed 275 yards of total offense with 198 on the ground, 77 in the air and 13 first downs.

The B-team had 92 total yards with 84 on the ground and eight in the air.

“I thought we ran the ball well,” Opp coach Jack Whigham said. “We took care of the ball. We just had one turnover on a wet field.”

Whigham said his team’s blocking looked good, but the technique on defense has to get better.

“We blocked well and played hard on defense,” he said. “We had a pick and forced two other fumbles.

“Our technique has to get better on defense,” he said.

Opp led 16-6 at halftime (8-6 in varsity action) before taking a 29-6 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

Opp scored one touchdown in the fourth quarter and W.S. Neal scored with 35.9 seconds left in the game to cut their lead to 35-14 overall, and to 27-14 in varsity action.

Opp went into victory formation for one snap and ran the clock out for the win.

W.S. Neal coach Kevin Jordan said he got the chance to play everyone in the game.

“First of all we got everyone in the game,” Jordan said. “That is what you look for in a jamboree game of that nature.”

W.S. Neal had 86 yards of total offense in the second half with five first downs. Before the 90-yard scoring drive near the end of the game, the Eagles had minus 4 yards of offense (minus 10 rushing, 6 passing) and no first downs.

In varsity action, the Eagles totaled 160 yards with eight rushing and 152 passing.

Altogether, the two teams totaled 181 yards on offense with 37 rushing, 144 passing and going 11-for-23 with one interception and nine first downs.

The Bobcats totaled 367 yards with 282 on the ground, 85 in the air and had 17 first downs.

Opp’s Quantavis Stoudemire rushed for 56 yards on five carries.

Whigham said he thought the conditioning of the players could have been better Thursday night.

“I’m not real pleased with the conditioning and it’s not the kids fault,” Whigham said. “That’s my fault. We’ve got to do a better job of getting everybody in conditioning shape.

“We’re glad to win the game, and got every kid in the game,” he said. ”

Opp will open its regular season at home against Elba next Friday night. Kick off is at 7.