It has been twenty-eight years since the Green Bobcats have earned a spot in the Division VII playoffs and this will almost certainly make that dream a reality following their defeat of Northwest 16-7. According to Bobcats head coach Ted Newsome, he knew his team would be willing to come out and execute tonight, “We set goals and we applied ourselves every week, they trusted the coaches and the coaches trusted them. We worked hard and believed in each other and kept fighting. We came out for forty-eight minutes and it has worked out for us eight times so far this year.”
Green built momentum on a 40 yard catch and run by Caleb Derifield, giving the Bobcats a look at the end zone. Two plays later, Lonnie Smith ran the ball in with 2:15 left in the first quarter for the touchdown. Quarterback Trevor Darnell passed to Troy Otworth for the conversion as the Bobcats jumped out to an early 8-0 lead on the Mohawks.
The Mohawks were unable to score on their next drive turning the ball over to Green at their thirty-seven-yard line. Green would attempt a couple of short runs, then a pass to Smith for 30 yards that resulted in a fumble with Northwest gaining possession of the ball around their own thirty yard line.
Northwest was unable to move the ball far enough and by the fourth down sent their punter Evan Throckmorton in to punt. A roughing the punter call on Green would give Northwest the first down. Brayden Campbell then fan for 13 yards giving Northwest another first down. Timmy Emmons then had two carries for a combined 19 yards, giving his team four more chances to get into the end zone. With 4:26 on the clock in the second quarter, a pass to Billy Crabtree for more than 30 yards ending in a touchdown with Throckmorton kicking for the extra point giving Northwest their only points for the night.
Alec Smith would run to the 34 yard line on the kick off and then caught a pass that landed him at the Mohawk’s 36-yard line to set his team up in scoring position again. Darnell would then pass to Kingery for a 24-yard touchdown to score again with 2:52 on the clock before halftime. Darnell would pass to Derifield to give the Bobcats another two point conversion, bringing the score to 16-7.
The second half would remain scoreless for both teams and although there were opportunities on each side, neither team could capitalize on opportunities.
Northwest head coach Doug Montavon said following his team’s loss, “We are young and inexperienced, although we played hard, we weren’t able to capitalize on situations that maybe could have given us a different result. Green played hard and they are well coached and that’s where we hope to be in a few years.”
Evan Lintz led Northwest in tackles with 14, bringing his season total to over 100 for the year. While Campbell rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries, and Emmons had 53 yards on 10 carries. Austin Newman completed seven of nineteen passes for 54 yards, with Ashton Hall completing three of nine passes for 53 yards. Hall had two receptions for 42 yards, Crabtree had one reception for 34 yards, and Rivers had three receptions for 32 yards.
Green was led statistically by quarterback Trevor Darnell who was 6/9 for 150 yards and one passing touchdown. Alec Smith had 14 carries for 40 yards and a rushing touchdown and Mackie Kingery rushed for 26 yards on six carries while also receiving a touchdown and two total catches for 37 yards. Lonnie Smith had a big night offensively with four carries for 51 yards and two receptions for 70 yards along with two quarterback sacks. Two other key contributors for the Bobcats were Caleb Derifield who had 3 catches for 45 yards and one two point conversion attempt and Troy Otworth who had a catch for a two point conversion as well.
“It was a great high school football game, two schools evenly matched tonight, just throwing haymakers at each other” said Newsome, “Neither team could get a whole lot going at once. Us being able to throw the ball in the first half was a big difference in the game. (Trevor) Darnell was fantastic in the first half, great plays we stayed alive. We are excited about this opportunity, we set the goals at the beginning of the season and we look forward to getting the opportunity to continue to play.”
Green will travel to Oak Hill next Friday night to take on the Oaks in a game that will be for the SOC I title.
Northwest will finish off their season at Symmes Valley next Friday night as they hope to get their second win of the year to close out the season.
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