Bobcats look to clip Eagles

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, September 7, 2016

ORANGEFIELD — After romping past Buna 45-0 in their season opener, the Orangefield Bobcats will look to bounce back after suffering a tough 21-7 road loss at the hands of the Kirbyville Wildcats last week.

However, there will be a tough challenge for the Bobcats (1-1) this week as they welcome in a very experienced Woodville (2-0) unit.

This will mark the 17th meeting between the Bobcats and Eagles. Orangefield leads the all-time series 12-4. The Bobcats have won seven straight, including a 28-6 victory in their last meeting in 2011.

The Eagles, who return 16 starters off a 7-4 playoff team for first-year coach Ty Robinson, throttled Corrigan-Camden 51-0 in their home opener and then went on the road last week to turn back Madisonville 28-14.

After totaling 322 yards in the win against Buna, the Bobcats had 231 against Kirbyville and average 276.5 yards a game entering the Woodville battle.

Christopher McGee leads the balanced Bobcat ground game with 148 yards on 15 carries.

Wesley Frillou has rumbled for 100 yards on 15 carries while Hunter Evans has 80 yards and quarterbacks Caleb Kress and Mason Gonzales have 80 yards combined and three touchdowns.

The Bobcats have been solid on defense, despite allowing 332 yards against a swift Kirbyville unit.

Orangefield is allowing 221.5 yards a game and held Buna to just 111 in their opener. The Bobcats forced three turnovers against Buna, which is what they will look to do when the high-flying Eagles roll in Friday night.

Eight starters return to the Eagle offense.  Again, the triggerman will be junior quarterback David Whitehead.  But the motor of the offense will be again be senior running back Ivan Lockhart.  Out wide, receiver Julius Midkiff and junior Christian Williams will be the favorite targets for Whitehead.  Senior offensive tackle Seth Cashat and junior offensive tackle Cade Bass will anchor the Woodville offensive

Eight starters also return to the Eagle defense.  Senior defensive end Chris will head the Woodville defensive line.  outside linebacker Kris Taylor will lead the Eagle linebackers.  Williams and fellow safety senior Matthew Wagner will join cornerback C.J. to patrol the Eagle secondary.

The Bobcats will hit the road next week when they visit Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

Series history

1982: OF 31, Woodville 20

1983: Woodville 20, OF 0

1988: OF 12, Woodville 7

1989: Woodville 21, OF 14

1992: OF 31, Woodville 30

1993: Woodville 26, OF 19

1994: OF 29, Woodville 12

1995: OF 58, Woodville 40

1996: Woodville 8, OF 0

1997: OF 19, Woodville 7

1998: OF 35, Woodville 20

1999: OF 31, Woodville 17

2000: OF 33, Woodville 20

2001: OF 29, Woodville 26

2010: OF 27, Woodville 17

2011: OF 28, Woodville 6