Tommy Mann Jr.
The Port Arthur News
By land and by air, the Silsbee Tigers high powered offense had its way with the Orangefield Bobcats.
The Silsbee Tigers celebrated homecoming with a 52-14 thumping of the Orangefield Bobcats on the opening night of District 21-3A action.
The Tigers offense was led by quarterback Patrick Reed who accumulated 235 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns on 15 carries, while adding another 203 passing yards and three touchdowns in the air while completing 14 of 17 attempts.
“Silsbee deserves a lot of credit for overcoming a lot of adversity this week,” said Josh Smalley, Bobcats head coach. “And Patrick Reed is a special kid who can make things happen with his feet and his arm.”
The Bobcats went three and out on its first series after receiving the opening kickoff. Then Reed and company wasted little time in capitalizing on great field position as it started at the Orangefield 39 yard line. A few moments later Reed struck for his first of three rushing touchdowns with an 8-yard burst on a fake hand-off and the Tigers were up 7-0 with 8:10 left in the first quarter.
The Bobcats (3-2, 0-1) moved the ball downfield on its next possession, but a sack of quarterback Carmichael Wiley on a fourth and three at the Tigers 27 yard line ended the only serious Orangefield threat in the first quarter.
The Silsbee offense moved the ball with precision and almost at will most of the night. Reed launched a deep ball for 32 yards to receiver Zayon Jackson who was brought down at the one-yard line, which was followed another Reed touchdown run.
“We struggled on defense tonight,” Smalley explained. “But our kids kept trying. I’m proud of them because they didn’t quit and they played hard for four quarters. We just didn’t come out on the winning side.”
Following a Silsbee 37 yard touchdown pass from Reed to receiver Chris Elam for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, the Orangefield offense roared to life with a quick strike two-play, 74 yard drive capped off by a 46 yard touchdown run by Carl Wiley.
Silsbee responded with its own score in 42 seconds, another Reed touchdown pass, and another Reed touchdown run, to put the Tigers up 35-7 at the half.
The Tigers took the second half kick and drove downfield before a stingy Bobcats defense held Silsbee to a 25-yard field goal by kicker Lazaro Vasquez.
Orangefield responded with its scoring drive which started at the Bobcats 45 yard line. Following a chop block penalty on the Bobcats, quarterback Carmichael Wiley launched a 34-yard pass completion to Matthew Watkins and a first and goal at the one yard line. Carl Wiley capped the drive off with a score up the middle.
Reed added his third passing touchdown of the night on the next series, a 38 yard bomb into the waiting hands of receiver Troy Gore and 45-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) offense would tack on one more score with 11:50 left in the game and the 52-14 victory.
The Bobcats will host the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns on Friday, Oct. 4 in a District 21-3A contest which could prove key for playoff positioning later in the season.