Bobcats to take on Bellville again in bidistrict

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ORANGEFIELD — Going into their fifth straight season with a playoff appearance, the Orangefield Bobcats will put their season on the line Saturday when they take on the Bellville Brahmas at 6 p.m. at Texan Drive Stadium in New Caney in the Class 4A Division II bidistrict playoffs.

The Bobcats (3-4, 2-2) enter the fray as the third-place team out of District 12-4A while the Brahmas (5-5, 3-1) are the second-place unit out of 11-4A.

The Bobcats will certainly be motivated as the Brahmas downed Orangefield in the same round last season 45-21. That final score was a little deceptive.

Bellville led 14-7 at the half but the Bobcats scored 14 of the next 17 points to go up 21-17 with five minutes in the third quarter. The Brahmas answered though, tallying 28 late unanswered points to preserve the victory.

Bellville started the season off slowly, dropping their first four non-district games before catching fire, winning five of their final six games.

The Brahmas only 11-4A loss came at the hands of 11-4A champion Madisonville a couple weeks back. They defeated third-place Shepherd 14-7 in their regular season finale last week.

Both teams run the same style of offense, which is a punishing Slot-T, Wing-T grind it out style.

The Brahmas are churning out 316.4 yards a game, 264.8 of it via the ground.

Senior quarterback Marcus Ward is the “engine” that makes Bellville go.

He has rushed for 528 yards and eight touchdowns on 106 carries and has completed 34-of-73 passes for 506 yards and six TDs with just one pick.

The backfield is balanced.

Freshman back Trevon Green has dashed for 624 yards and seven TDs on 97 totes. Senior back James Wiley has 556 yards and four TDs on 95 carries.

Chancellor Leaks-Gillum has been a nice dual threat, rushing for 285 yards and three TDs on 48 carries and leads the team with 15 receptions for 196 yards and two scores.

The Bobcats will look be explosive with their running game as well. The Bobcats are averaging 252.6 yarda a game, 236.5 of it coming on the ground.

Fullback Blake Bradley powers the arsenal with 426 yards and five TDs on 74 carries. Quarterback Christian Louvier has zipped for 368 yards and four TDs on 51 carries and has passed for 96 yards.

Zach Dischler has zipped for 286 yards and two TDs on 39 totes and Dylan Williams has rumbled for 248 yards on 43 carries.

The Orangefield-Bellville winner will face either 10-4A champion Giddings (5-5) or 11-4A fourth-place team Fairfield (5-5) in the area round next week.