Bobcat Football Looks to Improve Consistency as Season Approaches
Despite a recent 29-7 victory over Cornersville in a scrimmage at Sam Davis Stadium, GCHS head football coach David O’Connor said his team still has much to work on before the start of the regular season Aug. 25.
The Aug. 4 matchup against Cornersville featured another night of highlights for the Bobcat offense led by senior quarterback John Bachus en route to 29 points in three quarters with the first team. However, negative plays and inconsistency by the offensive unit at times led to long yardage situations that O’Connor said his team cannot have if they want to win.
After the Bobcat defense forced a three-and-out on the opening Cornersville drive, a pair of dropped passes led to a punt for GCHS. The team continued to put its defensive unit in difficult situations losing the ball on a muffed punt after another three-and-out by Cornersville.
Linebacker Cameron Harrison returned momentum and the ball to his team when he intercepted a Cornersville pass off a teammates’ tip, and GCHS marched 41 yards down the field for the score. Running back C.J. Bryant capped the drive with his first of two scoring runs of the night, breaking a tackle to walk into the end zone for a three-yard score. Bachus found receiver Dre Garrett on the conversion for an 8-0 lead with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter.
The GCHS defense continued to force the Bulldogs to make mistakes recovering a fumble on the next drive and then forcing a three-and-out after multiple fumbles recovered by the Cornersville offense led to a punt.
The GCHS offense scored two more touchdowns to take a 22-0 lead at halftime when Bachus threw his first touchdown of the night on a 16-yard strike to Knox Birdsong, and Bryant added an eight-yard rushing touchdown.
A GCHS defensive miscue in coverage led to Cornersville’s only score of the night when Peyton Finch slipped past the defensive wide open for a long pass reception followed by a short rushing score by back Trenten Warren. Bachus and Birdsong connected on a 10-yard passing score late in the third, their second of the night, on the final first team offensive drive for the Bobcats.
In junior varisty action, Austin Seals and Tim Allen both ripped off long rushes including a 46-yard scamper down the sideline for Seals, the freshman quarterback. Neither jv unit found the end zone in the final quarter, though, leading to the 29-7 final.
O’Connor noted after the scrimmage that he believes Cornersville will be a competitive team in its region this season and also said he saw some good things from the team’s running backs.
The Bobcats will take part in the 2017 Forrst Jamboree Aug. 11, playing Spring Hill at 7 p.m. The GCHS opener is scheduled for Aug. 25 when the team is set to host Lawrence County in the annual Cowbell Game. The Bobcats have won five of the last six meetings between the two teams including a 21-20 victory last season.
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