2007-09-12 / Sports

Bobcats overcome Pirates in second half

By Jay Palmer Sports Writer

The Bobcat defense swarms Miller County ball carrier. Early County had a come-from-behind win of 36-17 over the Pirates and takes on Cook County Friday night in Blakely. The Bobcat defense swarms Miller County ball carrier. Early County had a come-from-behind win of 36-17 over the Pirates and takes on Cook County Friday night in Blakely. The Early County Bobcats exploded for 28 second quarter points to blow open a tight game and defeat the Miller County Pirates 36-17 Friday night at Standifer Field. The Bobcats are now 2-0 while the Pirates are 0- 2.

Miller took the Early lead on a Chris Williams 32-yard fieldgoal at the 8:47 mark of the opening period. The kick was set up by a Bobcat fumble at the Pirate 10-yard line. Neither team could get untracked on offense the remainder of the quarter.

But Early completely dominated play for the remainder of the contest. The Bobcats took the lead for good on their first possession of the second quarter with a six play 52-yard drive. Dionnis Bryant caught two passes for 26 yards to start the drive. Quarterback Mike Perry then rushed for 26 yards to the Pirate 8-yard line. After a Perry completion to Tracy Anthony, Neko Wimberly scored from 2 yards out to give the Bobcats a 7-3 lead after the Mark Culpepper extra point.

The Early defense forced a Pirate punt and the Bobcats took over at their own 40-yard line. After an incompletion on first down, Perry found Wimberly in the right flat and the senior dashed down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown at the 6:34 mark of the second quarter. Demetrius Cody caught the two-point conversion throw from Bryant and the Bobcats led 15-3.

Secore Wade made a great diving interception on the Pirates first play after the Wimberly touchdown and gave the ball to the offense at the Miller 44-yard line. Perry and Bryant hooked up for 37 yards on the first play of the drive to give the Bobcats a first and goal at the Pirate 7-yard line. Anthony Williams scored two plays later from four yards out to give the Bobcats a 22-3 lead after the Culpepper kick at the 5:36 mark of the first half.

Early County capped the scoring spree with an eight play, 75-yard drive the next time they had the ball. The drive was aided by an interference and personal foul penalty on the Pirates. Perry and Wimberly were the workhorses on the march.

Wimberly carried the ball four times on the drive for 14 yards and Perry gained 20 yards on two carries. Wade also grabbed a pass that was good for 16 yards and a first down early in the drive. Wimberly's 4-yard run at the 1:35 mark of the second quarter gave the Bobcats a 28-3. The point after failed.

Early County's defense did the rest of the scoring for the Bobcats. The defense swarmed the Pirates quarterback in his own end zone for a safety at the 1:58 mark of the third period to make the score 30-3. Then on the Pirates next possession Okoye Yarbrough made an acrobatic catch of a Pirate pass and returned it 14 yards for a score at the 11:34 mark of the ballgame. The extra point was again no good, but the Bobcats led 36-3.

Early substituted freely from that point on and the Pirates took advantage by adding a couple of late scores to make the final 36- 17.

The Bobcats open up their region schedule this Friday night against Cook at 7:30 p.m. in Blakely.

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