Hobbton just keeps rolling.
After trouncing East Columbus 34-6 in some Monday night football, the Wildcats are now 3-0 for the first time since 2010.
The Wildcats were firing on all cylinders. Offense, defense, special teams — they could do no wrong when executing their gameplan.
While offensively they put up a lot of points, it started out slow with the defense setting the tone in this matchup. Not only did they hold a fast and athletic Gators team to just six points, but they had five takeaways, recovering three fumbles and snatching two interceptions.
“They grew up tonight,” Hobbton coach Joe Salas said of his defense. “We’ve been playing all those young kids, we’ve been patient with them and they’re getting better in practice. That was an athletic bunch, but they went toe-to-toe with them. Again they grew up, played physical football and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Aside from a few long runs, the Gators couldn’t put together a scoring drive until late in the third quarter. The Wildcats defense all but erased their running game, and senior DaCorris Morrison made sure throwing the ball was obsolete.
Morrison came up with both interceptions for the Wildcats in the first half. Both killed drives from East Columbus and essentially eliminated the threat of them throwing often.
Morrison also shredded them on offense, leading the Wildcats with 184 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
Morrison and the offense put on a clinic like their defense, despite struggling early in the first quarter. They got their first score of the game on the only passing touchdown of the night. Grayson Rogers delivered a 25-yard strike to Daniel Britt with 10:13 left in the second quarter. That put them up 7-0, and the offense was nearly unstoppable after that.
The rest came from rushing, the first with 28.6 seconds in the second from a goal-line quarterback keeper from Rogers. Morrison would get the other three in the second half — two in the third quarter and the final score coming with 2:52 in the fourth quarter.
“We liked to shoot ourselves in the foot in the first half and it almost got us,” Salas said. “Luckily our defense was playing so good or we would’ve been in a jam.”
Now at 3-0 for the first time in nine years, Hobbton will take on Spring Creek (1-2) with a chance to match the 2010 mark of four-straight victories to start the year.