Pisgah takes down the Bobcats
Pisgah celebrated a 54-26 homecoming win over Bogue Chitto on Friday night in Rankin County.
Pisgah received the opening kick after Bogue Chitto deferred to the second half. The Dragons struck quickly, as they put together a 58-yard drive. It was capped off by a three-yard pass by Zane Cothern to fellow senior Bryce Lofton. The point after kick by Lofton was no good.
The Bobcat offense took the field once again to challenge a swarming Pisgah defense. The Dragons forced a punting situation and received a momentum swing as they blocked the punt which was recovered by Qua Evans of Pisgah.
Pisgah defensive back Jeffrey Cole intercepted Bogue Chitto quarterback Shaw King on the next drive but the Bobcats would force a turnover on the one-yard line to get the ball back.
After a sputtering drive by the Bobcats, Pisgah took over possession of the ball and capitalized with on a 99-yard scoring drive. Cothern connected with Trevor Hallet for on a hitch and go route for a 91-yard touchdown and Pisgah led 27-0 with 4:21 left in the first half.
The Dragons successfully recovered an on-side kick after the score. For the second drive in a row Pisgah was penalized multiple times for holding, but Cothern connected with Philip Barnett for a 23-yard touchdown pass to give the Dragons a 34-0 halftime lead.
Bogue Chitto came out of halftime hot. The offensive unit drove 75 yards on a three-play drive to put their first point on the board. Shaw King called his own number and took the ball in for a one-yard touchdown.
Pisgah held possession of the football for 5:31 to piece together a 14-play scoring drive. Kyshaun Gates punched it from the three-yard line to extend the lead 40-6 over the Bobcats.
A strong kick return by Brandon Lewis put Bogue Chitto in great field position to start their drive at the 47-yard line. The Bobcat offense carried the ball down the field for another scoring drive. King connected with Malik Richardson for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Bryce Langley pulled in the two-point conversion pass from King to cut the lead to 41-21.
“I was really proud of the way we played in the second half,” said Bobcat coach Gareth Sartin. “That’s the way we are capable of playing and we have to just get to where we can play the entire ball game that way.”
Story by Steve Cooper