The Port Arthur News
Carl Wiley and the Orangefield offense ran at will over the Longhorns on Friday night, as the Bobcats celebrated a homecoming victory.
The Orangefield Bobcats secured a District 21-3A win and celebrated homecoming in fine fashion with a 52-14 dismantling of the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns on t at F.L. McLain Stadium.
The Bobcats defense held the high-powered Longhorns offense, led by quarterback Kendrick King, in check most of the night, including a stop near the Orangefield red zone and a turnover on downs on the game’s opening drive.
Orangefield quickly set the tone of what would be a good night on offense as Carl Wiley took the hand-off on the Bobcats first play from scrimmage up the middle, to the left and 78 yards for the touchdown and 7-0 lead with 7:39 to play in the first quarter.
The feisty Orangefield defense, which collected three quarterback sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery on the night, held steady on the next Hamshire-Fannett possession and got the ball back for the offense.
Carmichael Wiley commanded the Bobcats offense with poise and marched the offense down the field, where he squirted through the line and across the goal on a 5 yard run to put Orangefield up 14-0.
The Longhorns (2-3, 0-2) responded and King, who finished the night with 52 yards on 21 carries, punched the ball in for the first Hamshire-Fannett score, cutting the deficit to 14-7 with 8:40 left in the first half.
The Bobcats (4-2, 1-1) used a big return of the Longhorns kick-off and started their next drive near midfield. From there the team methodically moved the ball down the field and kept the clock moving before running back Dustin Verrett scored on a 2 yard burst.
King and company answered the Bobcats touchdown with one of its own as King bolted around the side from the 8 yard line, narrowing the Bobcats lead to 21-14 at the half.
The second half of the game belonged to a stingy Bobcats defense and an Orangefield offense which was firing on all cylinders.
While the defense kept King and the Longhorns either backpedaling on the field and on the sidelines, the offense scored on five of its six second half possessions.
Orangefield running back Dylan Gray shot through the Hamshire-Fannett defense for a 43-yard score, which was followed by a picture perfect pass as Carlmichael Wiley rolled left and found Mason Sonnier open in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown and a 35-14 lead.
Carl Wiley, who finished 18 carries and 257 yards, which surpassed his total of 20 carries and 254 yards in the Bobcats 2012 dismantling of the Longhorns, added another touchdown on a 29-yard blast late in the third quarter.
Orangefield kicker Matthew Rainey booted a 24 yard field goal and quarterback Matthew Watkins added a 1-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the fourth quarter to round out the Bobcats scoring.
“I’m extremely proud of our kids of how they played this week and bounced back from that hard loss last week,” said Orangefield Coach Josh Smalley. “The defense made some great adjustments in the second half too. Being able to contain Kendrick King like we did was pretty exciting. We had a good week of practice, and it showed. I’m proud of the coaches and the game plan we had in place, but I’m more happy to get the win.”
The Bobcats next travel to Sour Lake for a contest against the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks, while Hamshire-Fannett will play host to Buna.