Bobcats to visit first-place Eagles

Published 6:15 am Wednesday, October 24, 2018

ORANGEFIELD — It does not get any easier for the Orangefield Bobcats this week as they will venture to Woodville to take on the high-flying and undefeated Eagles in District 12-3A Division I play.

The Bobcats (4-3, 1-3) are coming off a gut-wrenching 22-20 home loss at the hands of the Hardin Hornets in a game that hurt the Bobcats as far as making a playoff push but Orangefield is certainly not out of the race with games with Anahuac and Warren remaining on the schedule as well.

The Eagles have been cruising along all season and have outscored opponents by the tune of 292-68, including 177-47 in four district contests. They tore up Anahuac 52-10 last week.

The Bobcats will try to get their vaunted ground game back on track against a Woodville defense that is ranked. No. 1 in 12-3A in allowing a mere 139.4 yards a game.

Orangefield senior fullback Blake Bradley had 88 tough yards against Hardin last week and now has 387 yards and six TDs on 70 carries for a Bobcat offense that averages 269.4 yards a game. Heston Puckett has 296 yards and three TDs on 41 totes. The Bobcats will see Gunner Jones make his third straight start at quarterback while backs Chase Broussard, Kade Grozier and Kadeon Evans will also look to get touches to keep the Woodville defense guessing.

The Woodville offense has been churning out yards at a massive rate, averaging 458.3 yards a game behind a physical offensive line that helps amass 446.2 yards a game on the ground alone.

Quarterback Reese Shaw guides the offense without hardly throwing at all as he has attempted just 22 passes, completing six of them for 121 yards. It’s because the Eagles have so much speed to burn in the backfield in backs Zach Martin and Da’Michael Brooks.

Martin has darted for 973 yards and six TDs on just 84 carries. Meanwhile Brooks has romped for 829 yards and four TDs on 92 totes. The Eagles also have the likes of Jaqualin George (43-350-1) and Keon Chatman (45-331-2), who like to get their hands on the ball as well.

The Bobcat defense has been pretty solid, allowing 226.9 yards a game.

The Bobcats will play host to Warren next week while Woodville visits Kirbyville.

In other 12-3A action this Friday Hardin (6-1, 3-1) will host Anahuac (3-4, 2-2), Buna (6-1, 3-1) will head to East Chambers (6-1, 3-1) and Kirbyville (0-7, 0-4) is at Warren (0-7, 0-4) in a battle of teams seeking their first win of the season.