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September 5, 2013

Experienced Cats look to slow down Bulldogs

ORANGEFIELD — The Orangefield Bobcats dominated East Chambers in two of the three phases of the game to win their season opener last week but the Bobcats will be concentrating on special teams this week as Jasper comes to town.

The Bobcats (1-0) outgained East Chambers 403-115 in a 22-21 win last week but the Bucs stayed in the contest due to kickoff returns for touchdowns that covered 95 and 81 yards.

Meanwhile, Jasper (1-0) took care of Liberty 28-7 in its opener.

In the win, the Bobcats received 137 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries by senior tailback Carl Wiley and also received strong rushing efforts from Dustin Verrett (9-56), Carmichael Wiley (12-50) and Colby Choate (3-45). Verrett had a touchdown run to go along with an interception on defense. Quarterback Matthew Kress had a big 37-yard touchdown scamper as well.

East Chambers managed just 10 yards rushing on 18 carries and completed just 7-of-20 passes for 105 yards and was picked off twice.

Jasper led Liberty 14-0 at the end of the third period before getting two quick scores to go up 28-0 in the fourth before Liberty scored late.

The Bulldogs are led by the likes of running back Terrence Cuney, who bolted for 1,295 yards last season. Quarterback Steve Walker has an excellent arm and fullback Sean Jones was all-district last season.

The Bulldogs rolled past Orangefield 55-14 in Jasper last season.

The Bobcats committed five turnovers in the loss.

Jasper finished with 358 total yards while the Bobcats had 247. Carl Wiley led the Bobcat attack with 133 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

The Bobcats will travel to Class 2A No. 1-ranked Newton next week while the Bulldogs make a short trek to Kirbyville.

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