Hobbton’s defense had its best performance of the season as the varsity football team improved to 3-0 for the first time in nine years on Monday with a 34-6 win over visiting East Columbus.
“They (the defense) grew up tonight,” said Hobbton coach Joe Salas. “We’ve been playing all them young kids and we’ve been being patient and they’ve been getting a little bit better in practice every day. And they showed up tonight. That was an athletic bunch right there and they went toe-to-toe and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Carlos Aguilar had a fantastic night. And they just grew up and played physical football. I’m super proud of them.”
Senior Dacorris Morrison ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, had one reception for nine yards and had two interceptions on defense to lead the Wildcats.
Grayson Rogers completed nine-of-14 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, with one interception, and ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Daniel Britt had four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. Colby Weeks had four receptions for 31 yards. Kelvin Stevens ran for seven yards on two carries. Loden Bradshaw had a one-yard run. Jesus Gomez was four-for-five kicking extra points.
Junior Monzelle Campbell ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries to lead the Gators (1-2).
Hobbton’s defense forced five turnovers in the contest. In addition to Morrison’s two interceptions, Harrison Hunt, Bryant Lamb and Chase Bland each recovered a fumble.
After a scoreless first quarter, Hobbton got on the board early in the second when Rogers completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Britt.
East drove into the red zone on the ensuing possession. Campbell got into the end zone, but it was negated by a holding penalty. Instead, the drive ended with a Morrison interception at the one-yard-line. That led to Hobbton driving the length of the field and scoring on a three-yard Rogers run.
Another red zone interception from Morrison on the ensuing drive ensured Hobbton led 14-0 at the half.
Hobbton scored again late in the third on a nine-yard Morrison run, but the extra point missed. East answered by finally getting on the board with a one-yard Campbell run, but the conversion attempt failed. But Hobbton quickly answered with Morrison scoring again on a 31-yard run.
Morrison added one more score late in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run.
Bland recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff allowed Hobbton to run out the clock.
Hobbton travels to Spring Creek (1-2) on Friday.