Second-half surge gives Bobcats win

Published 2:01 am Saturday, September 26, 2015

By Ronnie Hughes

The Orange Leader

NEWTON — A stellar performance by the Newton Eagles in the first half would be overshadowed by an Orangefield Bobcats’ offensive showcase.

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The Bobcats defense stiffened up in the second half as well as the Bobcats went on to down the Eagles for the second straight season, this time winning on the road 24-21.

The Bobcats (3-2) churned out 315 yards of total offense.

Newton (1-3) rang up 361 yards, most of it coming in the first 24 minutes.

The Bobcats also cleaned up some of the errors that seemed to haunt them the past few weeks with just one turnover and just 2 penalties for 25 yards.

“I told them coming into the game if we don’t turn the ball over we have the chance to be a good team,” said Bobcats head coach Josh Smalley. “We’re definitely going to enjoy this moment, but it’s gonna be right back to work to prepare for next week.”

Newton received the opening kick at their 33 that ignited a left-to-right offensive attack in which they averaged eight yards a carry. Jaron Hanks scored on the seventh play of the drive off the right side with an 8-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good and Newton led, 6-0 early with 8:58 remaining.

The Bobcats, however, would go right to work as well. They’d march 66 yards in nine plays to take a 7-6 lead with a Christopher McGee 8-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Matthew Watkins shackled the Eagles with 164 yards rushing and one touchdown in the win.

Orangefield will host Houston-Worthing next week for homecoming. The Eagles will travel to West Orange-Stark as the Mustangs seek revenge after losing to Newton last season.