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Lumberton stomps Bobcats

To put things simply, Bogue Chitto (0-8 overall, 0-4 district) was simply outmatched by a superior Lumberton (6-2 overall, 3-0 district) team on the road Friday night.

The Panthers were dominant on both sides of the ball as they romped to a 47-7 victory over the Bobcats on their home field.

Lumberton immediately jumped on the visiting Bobcats as they posted 24 points in the first quarter of the game. Two of those three touchdowns came on the ground. It was all Lumberton in the second quarter as well.

In that quarter the Panthers scored 16 more points, with one of their scores coming by way of an interception return. Lumberton rounded out their scoring in the third quarter with seven points.

The Bobcats finally got on the board with a late score in the fourth quarter.

“It was evident tonight that we had a young team. Every week we are building to get better and we will go back to work this week to prepare for Friday,” Bobcats’ head coach Gareth Sartin said.

To start the contest, Bogue Chitto had a decent run on the opening kick to set them up offensively. The Panther defense stood their ground, though, and forced the Bobcats to punt the football.

On the ensuing possession, Lumberton started with a big reception downfield to set up their first score. Running back Dre Coleman found the endzone on a 21-yard run and Lumberton converted the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. The Panthers found the endzone again soon after when Donnell Buckner made a 10-yard grab in the endzone.

They converted another two-point conversion to extend their lead to 16-0.

Then, at the 10-second mark, Lumberton stretched their advantage as Davion Edwards found the endzone on a one-yard run to give the home squad a commanding 24-0 lead over the Bobcats.

In the second quarter, the Panthers’ defense stepped up and got the ball back via an interception by Coleman. On the very next play, the Panthers found the endzone with a 53-yard run by Coleman.

Later, with 10 seconds left in the first half they got into the endzone once again as Coleman broke free for a 16-yard run to give his team a 40-0 lead heading into the half.

With the game already well out of reach for the visiting team, Lumberton put another score on the board as Jaden Galloway reached paydirt on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Bobcats had a great drive that ended in their lone touchdown. It began when Bogue Chitto converted on fourth and long via a fake punt to keep their drive alive. Then, Trey Nettles connected with Zach Upkins for a big reception.

Bryce Langley capped the drive with an acrobatic catch in the endzone to post the final score of 47-7 on the scoreboard.

Defensively, Darius Porter led the Bobcats with 13 tackles. Terrance Morgan and Trey Nettles contributed with five tackles each. Both Tanner Gunther and Demarcus Godbolt had four tackles.

Henry Thomas, LaFredrick Dillon and Warrick Cook all had three tackles.

The Bobcats will host the Eagles of Resurrection Catholic Friday as they look for their first win of the 2016 season and in district play. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m.