Bobcats get the shutout against Houston Academy

Published 11:34 pm Friday, September 11, 2020

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The Opp High School Bobcats varsity football team (3-1, 2-0) used a strong defensive front to shut out Houston Academy in region play Friday night, 35-0.

OHS head coach Brent Hill said the key to the win Friday night was their defense.

“I was super proud of our defense,” Hill said. “The defense stood strong all night and I felt like that was probably the key to the game. I thought that we overcame a tough situation with penalties and some turnovers in the first half. Ultimately, I thought the was defense and I thought our special teams were sound. The offense got it going in the second half and after we settled down, I knew we were fine.”

All night, Hill said they did a good job of distributing the ball around.

“Peyton Ellis had another good game,” Hill said. “He has been running the ball hard and catching the ball well. Defensively, it’s tough to name just one guy because they all played so well. The defensive line did an outstanding job.”

Looking to next week’s game, Hill said they are going to try and continue to improve.

“Offensively, we just have to continue to work hard on cutting down on the turnovers,” Hill said. “We to be able to handle different things and not turn the ball over. Once we settle down, we do fine.”

Hal Smithart led the passing game going 23 of 35 for 326 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Smithart also had 11 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Peyton Ellis led in receiving with 12 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns. DaDa Stoudemire had two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Cole Jennings led with 11 tackles, Prent Huggins had nine tackles, Jesse Coon had seven tackles and two sacks, Jackson Pierce had seven tackles and Zack Hill, Thomas Glisson and Robbie Gafford had six tackles each.

The Bobcats take on Daleville next week on the road.