Bobcats Remain Unbeaten; Hold Off Fairview 24-14
Posted on October 06, 2012
Playing in their first true test of the 2012 season, No. 1 Giles County took advantage of seven Fairview turnovers to grind out a 24-14 win at Sam Davis Park Friday night.
After taking a 7-0 lead on their first offensive series of the game on an 11-yard Al Cobb rushing touchdown, the Bobcats (7-0, 5-0 District 12-AA) appeared to take control of the game on a 62-yard fake punt touchdown pass from Herbie Foster to Kenton Baker.
The play would not stand, however, as the Bobcats were flagged for an ineligible man downfield, giving the Yellowjackets (5-3, 4-2) excellent field position that ultimately set up their game-tying touchdown pass from Jack Ramey to Deondre Moore.
After receiving the opening kickoff to start the second half, the Bobcats marched down the field and took a 14-7 lead on Cobb’s second touchdown run of the night – this one from five yards out.
On the ensuing possession, the GCHS defense forced a turnover on downs – the first of three in the second half – to set the Bobcats up with great field position. Cobb would find Nieco Walker on a 30-yard TD pass just four players later to extend the Bobcats lead to 21-7.
The Bobcat defense would come up big again late in the third, stopping the Yellowjackets on four consecutive plays inside the Giles County five-yard line to force their second turnover on downs of the half.
A 42-yard field goal from Foster appeared to clinch the contest, but Ramey’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Moore trimmed the Bobcats lead to 24-14 with 5:01 to play.
After forcing a Giles County punt, the Yellowjackets took over at the GCHS 38-yard line, but Bobcats safety Dontarius Gilbert recorded his second interception near the endzone with less than two minutes to play to clinch the victory.
On the night, Cobb finished 8-of-13 through the air for a TD and an interception – his first of the season. The senior finished with 17 carries for 41 yards and two rushing TDs.
Walker finished with a game-high 149 yards on the ground – 132 of which came in the second half. The senior also added a team-high four receptions for 51 yards and a score.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 5-0 in District 12-AA for the first time since going undefeated in the league in 2009. The win also kept the Bobcats level with district rival Page, who defeated East Hickman 34-7 Friday night.
With the loss, the Yellowjackets lost their chance to clinch the 12-AA title outright this season and will need both Giles County and Page to lose their remaining district contests to clinch a share of the title.
“This was everything you could want in a high school football game,” Bobcats head coach David O’Connor said. “Our guys were truly tested for the first time all season and they responded with a gritty win. Fairview is a terrific team and they gave us all we wanted. I’m proud of our kids and the way they responded in the second half.”
Wade Neely is the Voice of the Giles County Bobcats and a freelance contributor for WKSR. You can follow Neely on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WadeNeely