Tigers declaw Bobcats, 46-28

Published 1:32 am Saturday, August 30, 2014

Straughn junior Eric Dorman stops an Opp player on Friday night.

Straughn junior Eric Dorman stops an Opp player on Friday night.

OPP – Opp’s Bobcats held their own against Straughn early in last night’s game, but a tough Tiger defense kept the ‘Cats off the clock for two quarters to emerge the victors, 46-28.

SHS wasted very little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring on a five-play drive when Rollin Kinsaul found Brice Scott in the end zone from three yards out. Scott also had a 41-yard run on the drive.

OHS answered the score with one of their own. QB Orlando Lacey showed off his shiftiness, by shaking a would-be tackler in the backfield, before finding space up the sideline for an 8-yard touchdown scamper.

Kinsaul again led his Tigers down the field, connecting with Scott for a 53-yard pass that would set up an 8-yard Kinsaul touchdown run.

Not to be outdone, Lacey passed his way to the end zone, completing passes of 29, 10, and then a 13-yard touchdown pass to Cale Pierce to tie the game back up at 14-14.

The Tigers’ next drive ended again with Kinsaul finding his way into the end zone. Kinsaul completed four-of-four passes on the drive and rushed for 30 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run. The Bobcats blocked the extra point attempt but trailed the Tigers 20-14.

The Tigers’ defense got the first defensive stop for either team when Lacey’s pass attempt was picked off by Straughn’s Caleb Evers and returned 22 yards for the score, giving the Tigers a 26-14 lead.

After Opp was forced to punt, the Straughn offense was able to get into the end zone yet again. Daryl George picked up a score from 3-yards after a pair of 20-yard runs by George had the Tigers in close.

Kinsaul added his third rushing touchdown of the night on a 19-yard run with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter. Kinsaul had four touchdowns on the evening, three rushing and one passing.

After being kept off the scoreboard for all of the second and third quarters by a stingy Straughn defense, the Bobcats added a score in the fourth quarter when Lacey connected with Alex Wise in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown pass. After a failed two-point attempt, the Bobcats trailed 40-20 with just over nine minutes left to play.

George added to his great night with a 39-yard run to set himself up for a 4-yard touchdown a few plays later.

The Bobcats answered, but it was a little too late. Lacey, however, showed he could do more than just pass the ball when he had an impressive 39-yard touchdown run.

Opp head coach Brent Hill said, “Got to give Straughn credit, they beat us, but we can’t turn the ball over like that. We will learn from our mistakes and grow from this.”

“We got better tonight,” said Straughn head coach Trent Taylor, “There were way too many penalties, though. It’s always good to get the win, but the season starts next week with region play.”