Opp Bobcats looking for a win

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 21, 2018

The Opp Bobcats (0-3, 0-2) look to get in the win column when they go up against the Geneva Panthers (1-2, 0-2) in a Class 3A, Region 2 battle on Friday in Opp.

“I hope we understand that last week is over and done with,” Opp head coach Brent Hill said. “I hope we never have a game that like that again. I want to see us get back to playing hard. Regardless of the situation, I want to see us play hard.”

Despite the season not starting the way they wanted, Hill said he has been proud of his team.

“The thing I’ve been the most proud of has been the attitudes of these players,” Hill said. “We are a young team, but these kids understand that we are coaching them and that it’s not personal. Their attitudes have been great. This is really a fun team to coach. We still have to grow up and with our depth and injuries, we have to do that in a hurry.”

Hill said that Geneva has strong team.

“The coach over there does a really good job,” Hill said. “On defense, they run an odd front, usually a 3-3 or 3-4. On offense, they will run shotgun and go under center. They do a good job at keeping you on your toes. They make you play sound on defense.”

Hill said that the Bobcats would have to play a strong game on Friday.

“We can’t turn the ball over as much as we did last week,” Hill said. “Special teams can’t hurt you. You have to win the special teams battle. On offense it’s pretty simple, we have to get first downs and points. We’ve shaved down the offense to about five run plays and three or four pass plays and we want to get really good at those plays.”

Opp holds a 36-24-2 record over Geneva in the long history between the two squads.

Geneva won last year’s contest 29-19.

In week one of the season, the Bobcats put up a strong fight against powerhouse Elba, but fell 53-33.

The second game of the season, the Bobcats jumped out in front of Straughn, but the Tigers battled back and pulled off a 36-30 victory in overtime.

Last week for homecoming, the Bobcats met a buzzsaw named Houston Academy as Opp fell 52-0.

Opp has scored 63 points this season and has allowed 141 points.

Geneva got the season started off by slipping by rival Geneva County 29-25.

In week two of the season, the Panthers got blown away 41-0 by Providence Christian.

Geneva lost their second game in a row last week when they fell to Pike County 27-22.

Geneva has scored 69 points this year and have allowed 90 points.

Kickoff between Opp and Geneva is scheduled for 7 p.m., on Friday in Opp.

Ashton Patel leads the Bobcats with 385 yards and three touchdowns on 73 carries

Patel is also 6-for-14 for 28 yards passing since taking over for injured Hal Smithart.

Smithart was 8-for-11 for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his only game against Elba.

Erik Matthews leads the Bobcats with 118 yards and one touchdown on three receptions.

Dakota Cornelius and Thomas Glisson lead the Bobcats with 21 total tackles.