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Bobcat's Defense; Offense Did What They Needed; One Win From State Title Game
Posted on November 17, 2012
The unbeaten Giles County Bobcats had their back to the wall again and again Friday night but then they needed to hang on, they were able to reach down and get the job done.
Powerful, strong East Hamilton was at the Giles County ten yard line with less than a minute to go in the game with a chance to win.
But the Bobcat's defense turned them away on four straight plays.
As a an estimated 4,000 fans held their breaths along with their high school heroes, played and witnessed the dramatic final defense stand.
It ended with a sack and a fumble that the Bobcats forced with just 27 seconds left on a shaking scoreboard.
The host Bobcats’ Al Cobb scored on a touchdown run with 3:24 left, and Giles County stopped the Hurricanes in the red zone to preserve a 22-16 victory. East Hamilton now 11-2 led 16-14, but the Hurricanes were whistled for four personal-foul penalties, plus a defensive-holding call in the secondary on Giles’ next two drives.
The combined 70 yards in penalties finally took its toll in the Bobcats’ final possession, as DeDe Coffey completed a 12-yard pass to Peyton Oliver before calling his own number on the go-ahead plunge.
“East Hamilton is the most physical team we’ve faced all year,” Cobb said. “We just kept fighting.”
Cobb finished with 87 yards rushing and 170 passing, with two scores on the ground and one through the air. There were big plays on both sides of the ball and coaches said almost everyone contributed toward the win.
"I couldn't be prouder", said Coach David O'Connor.
Next up is Knoxville Fulton, who defeated Livingston Academy 35-15. The games will be at Sam David's Brickyard. Should be quite a Thanksgiving weekend in Giles County.