Bobcats win cat fight, 30-13

Published 12:39 am Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Opp Bobcats were too much for the Geneva Panthers on Friday night, as they took a 30-13 win at home.

The Bobcats came out of the gate playing extremely physically, but mental mistakes cost them early scoring opportunities.

“The first half was very frustrating,” said Opp head coach Brent Hill. “We played very physical all game, but we weren’t playing mentally until the second half, and then we put it all together and played well in all aspects for the first time this season.”

Opp got on the scoreboard for the first time when Ty White plowed his way into the end zone with a 5-yard touchdown, but the Bobcats failed to convert the two-point conversion.

A scary moment came with just over 8 minutes left in the first half. Geneva’s Daryian Morris was hit hard on a block and laid motionless on the field. He had to be taken off in an ambulance and taken to Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp. All tests came back negative at the hospital and Morris is OK.

After the break in action, the Bobcats continued driving down the field. After getting the ball inside the 10 the Geneva defense forced a field goal attempt. The 25-yard attempt was no good, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Bobcats new life and White capped off the drive with a 3-yard score.

The Panthers’ first score of the night was a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brennan Aycock, who also added the extra-point to make it a 14-7 score.

Orlando Lacey added his first of two rushing touchdowns with just over 5 minutes left in the third quarter. Lacey completed 4-of-4 passes on the drive for a total of 38 yards before using his legs to get into the end zone from 11 yards out. The Bobcats converted the two-point conversion with a double pass. The first pass was behind the line from Lacey to White, then White tossed one in the end zone to Evan King.

With 5 minutes left in the game, the Panthers scored again when Jackson Griffen scored on a 3-yard run. The Panthers needed to make the extra-point to make it a one possession contest, but failed on the attempt leaving the score 22-13.

Lacey capped off the scoring on the following drive with a 7-yard touchdown run and the Bobcats converted the two-point conversion for a final score of 30-13.

Lacey finished the night with 154 yards passing in the air and 18 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bobcats will face cross-county rivals, the Andalusia Bulldogs next Friday night at AHS.