The Hobbton Wildcats came out on top with a 23-6 win in a defensive struggle against Smithfield-Selma.
“The defense made all the difference,” Hobbton coach Joe Salas said. “They practiced like a million bucks all week. They came out here and worked. That is a dangerous offense that [Smithfield-Selma] runs. That triple option is tough. The defense came out here and shut it down. Oh, my goodness, the licks they were laying tonight were outrageous. Grey Rogers, that kid is a warrior god. I can’t say enough about that guy. We are super excited. We have two W’s in a row.”
The Wildcats went three-and-out on their first possession, but recovered a fumble at their own 39-yard line. With 3:02 left in the first quarter, Greyson Rogers got Hobbton on the board with an 8-yard scramble, and then converted the point after to put the Wildcats up 8-0.
SSS gave up the ball on downs with 1:40 left in the first quarter and Hobbton capitalized. Rogers trucked his way into the endzone from four yards out and the Wildcats went up 16-0.
The lone Spartan score came after their defense backed up Hobbton and blocked a punt in the Wildcats endzone. SSS recovered to make it 16-6 at halftime.
The Spartans got the ball to start the second half but fumbled again. Daniel Britt recovered at the 35-yard line for Hobbton.
Rogers and and the Hobbton offense marched the ball downfield, scoring on a 30-yard pass play from Rogers to Dacorris Morrison. Jovanna Zapata kicked the PAT to make it 23-6 with 8:46 left in the third.
Rogers finished with 146 yards rushing on 21 attempts. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Morrison had 38 yards on 20 carries.
The win bumps Hobbton up to 3-2 on the season. They’ll look for another win Friday when they play Rosewood at home.