Opp improves with 28-6 win

Published 12:08 am Saturday, October 1, 2011

Opp’s Devin Davis )21 rushes for a gain on Friday night. The Bobcats came back from a close loss last week, and beat Pike County 28-6 at home. | Josh Dutton/For the Star-News

Opp gave its home crowd a good show with a 28-6 region victory over Pike County at Channel-Lee Stadium on Friday night.

After fumbling on their first possession, Opp was able to take their second drive of the game 82 yards for a touchdown.

T.J. Register completed a 50-yard pass to Daulton Messer, which set the stage for a 12-yard touchdown pass to Trey Short.

After an exchange of punts, the Bobcats were able to put together another impressive drive, this one a six-minute, 10-play offense capped off when Onterrio Jones plunged in from the 1-yard line to give Opp a 14-0 lead.

After forcing another punt from the Bulldogs’ offense, this time with less than two minutes in the first half, Opp was able to find the end zone again when Register connected with Hunter Roeser up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown with just 23 seconds remaining in the first half.

Opp opened up the second half with a touchdown on their second possession in only two plays. Register found Dane Buckelew wide open, and Buckelew raced 57 yards before being brought down on the Pike County 12-yard line. From there, J.T. Austin finished it off with a touchdown becoming the fourth Bobcat to reach the Pike County end zone.

Pike County was finally able to score late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

Quadrick Grisham hauled in an 11-yard touchdown catch, but the ensuing two-point conversion was no good leaving the score 28-6.

“We threw and caught the ball very well tonight and we only turned the ball over once,” Opp head football coach Jack Whigham said. “Our defense played solid. They never gave up the big play. This was a big region win for us. Now we control our own destiny in the region.”

The win moves Opp to 4-2 overall, and 4-0 in Class 3A, Region 2. The Bobcats will play host to Dale County next Friday night for homecoming.