Bobcats ready to welcome in Hawks

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ORANGEFIELD — After coming off a vital win on the road last week, the Orangefield Bobcats will look to expand their confidence when they play host to the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks in a vital District 12-4A Division II game.

A win Friday night for the Bobcats (2-3, 1-1), would seal a playoff berth for the fifth straight year but the Hawks (1-4, 0-2) will certainly have something to say about it.

The Bobcats found their vaunted rushing attack against Hamshire-Fannett in a big 38-32 road victory.

The Bobcats piled up 466 total yards, including 439 yards on the ground.

Fullback Blake Bradley bruised his way top 209 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as eight different players totaled the leather for the Bobcats.

Bradley now has 378 yards on 59 carries for the season.

Zach Dischler has had a couple good outings in a row and had 85 yards on nine carries against the Longhorns as the Bobcat offensive line played huge throughout the night.

Quarterback Christian Louvier has 328 yards on 45 carries and has passed for 80 more.

The Hawks, meanwhile, have suffered two tough setbacks in 12-4A play thus far.

They dropped a hard-fought 26-13 decision to district favorite West Orange-Stark and then got outscored by Liberty 52-38 last week.

H-J’s lone win came against Beaumont Kelly 37-6 and the Hawks have played a tough schedule, falling to La Marque and Jasper in non-district play.

The Hawks have an impressive leader in quarterback Brayden Pelt, who leads the district in passing yardage and is also solid on the run.

Pelt has completed 54 of 113 passes for 814 yards and seven TDs and has rushed for 356 yards and two scores.

H-J definitely has a breakaway threat in receiver/running back Mason Murray and solid weapons in fullback Blake Cruse and receivers Dillon Bryant and Dillon Walker.

Murray and Cruse have combined for 345 yards and four scores on 70 carries. Murray leads 10-4A in receiving with 17 catches for 317 yards and four TDs.

HJ-J mostly lines up in the spread and sometimes in a two-back offense as they will face a Bobcat defense that has allowed 430 yards a contest.

The Bobcats will close out their regular season on the road at WO-S next week.