This past Friday, the Gilmer Bobcats hosted the Lafayette Ramblers. The night began with recognition of all the seniors from the band, cheer, and football.
The whole first quarter consisted of three and outs from both teams and two turnovers from the Bobcats. The first turnover occurred when quarterback David Smith threw a interception in the end zone, and the second when running back Kell Kiker dropped the exchange from David Smith. The first quarter ended scoreless.
With 7:22 left in the second quarter, quarterback David Smith found wide receiver Griffin Cagle for a 46-yard touchdown. The PAT from Casas was good, putting the Bobcats up 7-0.
After the touchdown, the Ramblers started a drive, but linebacker Kamron Engler caused a fumble and ended up recovering it himself to give the Bobcats possession at the Ramblers 30-yard line.
Following the fumble, quarterback David Smith dropped back for the first play and throw an interception to strong safety Logan Teasley, who took it all the way down to the Bobcats 17-yard line.
After the interception, the Ramblers could not do anything with the ball as the Bobcats defense forced a turnover on 4th down.
The Bobcats began the next drive on their own 23-yard line with 2:33 left in the second quarter. The Ramblers defense responded, picking quarterback David Smith off for the fourth time, giving the Ramblers the ball on the 9-yard line with 1:43 left in the second quarter.
Following the interception, the Ramblers found the end zone on a 3-yard run by running back KaDarrin Ramsey, tying the score at 7 with 1:11 left in the second quarter.
The Bobcats were unable to score as time expired in the half.
The Bobcats received the ball to start the second half. OL/DL Levi Seabolt caught the kickoff and took it to the Ramblers 46-yard line. After a short drive, running back Kell Kiker ran a 28-yard touchdown, but the play was called back after a holding call. On the next play, a bad snap sent the ball over David Smith’s head where the Ramblers recovered the ball on the 32-yard line.
The rest of the third quarter consisted of three and outs on both sides.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Ramblers drove the field and kicked a 37-yard field goal, putting them up 10-7 with 11:54 left in the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Ramblers offense found themselves on the Bobcats 3-yard line. The Bobcats forced a fumble and recovered it on the 3-yard line with 1:21 left in the game.
The Bobcats sent out their two-minute offense to try and win the game. Smith found Kiker for a first down putting the Bobcats at the 21-yard line. After the pass, David Smith dropped back, and unable to find anyone, he got the first down with his feet. He was hit late out of bounds, putting the Bobcats on the 46-yard line. With less than a minute left Smith dropped back again, but threw a interception, giving the ball back to the Ramblers on the 23-yard line with 24 seconds left.
The Ramblers took a knee to secure the game, giving them a 10-7 victory over the Bobcats.
This past Friday, the 0-7 Bobcats hosted the 5-3 Northwest Whitfield Bruins. This was the 6th matchup between the two teams, with Northwest ahead of Gilmer in the series 4-2. To get the night started, fighters, survivors, and caregivers release balloons for breast cancer awareness month.
The Bruins won the toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game. Both teams started the game off turning the ball over. For the Bruins, a missed field goal would give the ball to the Bobcats on the 15-yard line to start their first drive. As for the Bobcats, a bad snap caused the Bruins to recover on the Bobcats 18-yard line.
After the recovery, the Bruins found the end zone. Quarterback Luke Shiflett completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Blanchard, putting the Bruins up 7-0 with 5:07 left in the first quarter.
After the Bruins touchdown, the Bobcats responded quickly. Quarterback David Smith completed to Griffin Cagle for a 65-yard touchdown. Casas PAT was unsuccessful, leaving the Bobcats trailing the Bruins 6-7 with 4:07 left in the first quarter.
The Bruins offense came back out on their own 27-yard line. After a long drive, a 12-yard run by running back Dominique Sistrunk put the Bruins up over the Bobcats 14-6 with 11:44 left in the second quarter.
The Bobcats offense found a way to answer back. After a big reception by Cagle, quarterback David Smith punched in the 2-yard touchdown. The PAT by Casas was unsuccessful, leaving the Bobcats trailing by 2 with 7:29 left in the second quarter.
Both offenses exchanged three and outs after the touchdown. Late in the second quarter, running back Dominique Sistrunk scampered in for a 17-yard run to put the Bruins up 21-12 with 1:43 left in the second quarter.
The Bobcats two-minute offense rushed on the field to try and put a drive together, but could not execute. The two teams headed into the locker room with the score remaining 21-12.
Going into the third quarter, neither offense could get anything going. The two teams exchanged three and outs, ending the third quarter without a score.
Late in the fourth, Bruins quarterback Luke Shiflett blasted through the Bobcats defense for a 50-yard touchdown. The PAT was unsuccessful, giving the Bruins a 15-point lead over the Bobcats with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats offense came out, but quarterback David Smith threw a interception. A bad snap by the Bruins sent the ball into the end zone where the Bobcats would recover for a safety making the score 27-14 with 33 seconds left in the forth quarter.
The Bobcats offense came back on the field, but time ended before they could put anymore points on the board. The Bruins left Gilmer County with a 27-14 win over the Bobcats.
The Bobcats will travel to Ridgeland next Friday to face former head coach Tank and the Panthers.
Northwest Whitfield Current Streak: 4 W
Pickens Current Streak: 1 W
Ridgeland Current Streak: 1 L
Heritage Current Streak: 1 W
Southeast Whitfield County Current Streak: 1 W
Gilmer Current Streak: 8 L
LaFayette Current Streak: 4 L
This past Friday, the 0-6 Gilmer Bobcats headed west to face the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield.
The Bobcats won the toss and deferred to the second half.
The Raiders began the game on the 30-yard line. The drive came to a halt when the Bobcats held the Raiders to a 4th and 11 on the Bobcats 27-yard line. The Raiders brought out their field goal unit and were successful, with Alan Comancho making the 37-yard field goal.
The Raiders had a 3-0 lead over the Bobcats with 6:58 left in the first.
The Bobcats received the kick off at the 37-yard line. The Raiders defense was too much for the Bobcats as they forced them on a three and out for their first series.
For the remainder of the first quarter, both teams would exchange three and outs. The Bobcats started the second quarter with the ball, still trying to find a way to score before the end of the half.
At the end of the drive, the Bobcats were forced to punt. Punter Damian Mccue had a negative 2 yard punt, giving the Raiders great field position at the 31-yard line. The Raiders running back Rae Shirah scored 4-yards out, giving the Raiders a 10-0 lead over the Bobcats with 7:08 left in the second quarter.
As the Bobcats began their next drive, David Smith found Griffin Cagle on a touchdown pass, called back because Cagle stepped out of bounds on the 3-yard line. The Bobcats were unable to score after a couple of penalties, backing them up to the 10-yard line, and a failed 4th down conversion. The Raiders started the next drive at the 10-yard line with 2:37 left in the second quarter.
The Raiders went three and out after their big stop in the red zone and punted the ball with 39 seconds left in the first half.
The Bobcats ran the clock out and the game headed into halftime with the Raiders up 10-0.
In the third quarter, both teams went three and out multiple times. The quarter ended with the Raiders punting the ball to the Bobcats.
The Bobcats began the fourth quarter with the ball, but would go three and out once again.
After the Bobcats punt, the Raiders drove the field again, ending with a field goal opportunity on the 21-yard line. Alan Comancho would put it through the uprights from 31-yards out, putting the Raiders up 13-0 with 7:07 left in the fourth.
Both Gilmer and Southeast shared three and outs to finish the game, with the final score being 13-0 for the Raiders.
Ridgeland Current Streak: 5 W 6-0-1 3-0
Northwest WhitfieldCurrent Streak: 3 W 5-3 3-1
Pickens Current Streak: 1 L 3-4 2-1
Heritage Current Streak: 2 L 5-3 2-2
Southeast Current Streak: 1 W 5-3 2-2
Gilmer Current Streak: 7 L 0-7 0-3
LaFayette Current Streak: 3 L 2-5 0-3
Senior Cornerback Chandler Sutton is this weeks #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week. Sutton recorded 8 assist, 2 solo tackles, and 1 INT in last weeks game against the Dragons. Congrats, Chandler, on being this weeks #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week!
Pickens won the toss and elected to receive the ball.
The Dragons would start the ball on 36-yard line to start one of oldest rivalries in the state of Georgia. The Dragons would drive on the Bobcats on their first series. Pickens coach, Chris Parker, would throw in some trick plays and go for a fourth down conversion to extend the drive. The Dragons would find a way to score, but the 2-yard touchdown would be called back after a chop block causing the Dragons to start at the 17-yard line. The drive would come to a end when Wide Receiver Dylan Huffman would catch a pass, but would fumble the ball. The Bobcats would recover the ball on the 11-yard line.
The Bobcats would start the drive on the 11-yard line with 7:11 left in the first. The Bobcats would have big success in their running game in their first possession. Running Back Kell Kiker would find a way to score on a 57-yard dash to the end zone. Casas was successful on the PAT making the score 7-0 with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
On the next possession the Dragons would come out driving again. The Dragons would find their self in the red zone, but would be stopped when the Bobcats forced a turnover on a failed 4th down conversion. The Bobcats would takeover at the 12-yard line with 1:20 left in the first.
The Bobcats was unable to do anything with the turnover going three and out finishing the 1st quarter.
To start the 2nd quarter the Bobcats would punt the ball. The Dragons would start the next drive at the 36-yard line.
The Dragons would find a way to drive down the field after a big run from quarterback Jacob Brumby and two consecutive personal fouls on the Bobcats, the Dragons would end up in great scoring position. With 9:08 left in the second quarter freshman Running Back CJ Streicher would find the end zone on a 2-yard run. The Dragons would tie the game making it 7-7.
The rest of the second quarter would consist of turnovers and multiple three and outs. The two teams would head into halftime tied at 7.
The Bobcats would start the second half at the 39-yard line.
The Bobcats would find their self in a 3rd and 17 situation, when quarterback David Smith would drop back and pick up a 58-yards run on a design draw and would be brought down at the 10-yard line. The bobcats would find their self in great scoring position. On the 10-yard line, coach Luck would run a Half back pass where Kamron Engler would be intercepted by cornerback Dylan Huffman. After the interception, the dragons would find their self on the 3-yard line after a unsportsmanlike penalty. The dragons would start their there drive with 10:32 left in the third quarter.
After the turnover, the Dragons would drive down the field where running back Chris Pittman would score from 5-yards out. Putting the Dragons over the Bobcats 13-7 with 3:45 left in the 3rd quarter.
The bobcats were unable to respond to the Dragon touchdown. The offense would go three and out and the Dragons would start on the 39-yard line.
The Dragons offense would come out late in third quarter looking to score once again on the Bobcats. Running back Chris Pitman would find a way to score again on a 52-yard touchdown. The dragons would miss the two point conversion making the score 19-7 with 12 seconds left in the third.
The Bobcats were unable to respond on the Pickens touchdown. The dragons defense would hold the bobcats to a three and out.
The dragons offense would come out once again after two consecutive score. They would drive down the field but The Bobcats defense what hold them to a three and out, but the dragons offense would stay on the field for a fourth-down conversion, but would fail on a blocked pass by Levi Seabolt. The Bobcats would take over at the 13-yard line with 7:55 left in the fourth down 19-7.
The bobcats offense would come out after the turnover. On the first play David Smith would drop back to throw two intended receiver Griffin Cagle, but was intercepted by cornerback Michael Casey where he would take it down to the 1-yard line.
Dylan Huffman would punch it in for a 1-yard touchdown. The dragons two point conversion would fail. Making the score 25-7 with 7:25 left in the 4th quarter.
Late in the fourth, the Bobcats tried to drive the field, but would end up fumbling the ball where Alex Pittman would recover the fumble and take it all the way in for the 42-yard touchdown. The PAT was successful putting the Dragons over the Bobcats 32-7 with 2:38 left in the 4th.
The Bobcats were unable to respond at the end of the game going three and out. The Dragons would get the ball back with 42 seconds left in the fourth where they would just run the clock out to end the game.
After the game I caught up with Coach Wingard. I asked him what the experience was like coaching his first Gilmer vs Pickens game. He responded, “It was great, but it wasn’t how I wanted it to turnout.” I went on to ask him what happened to the team in the second half. He replied, “It’s was the little things. We gave them too many yards penalty wise, and you can’t be a great football team when you’re doing that. We got to focus that energy on the plays and not our emotions after the plays. He went on to say, “We got to put this game behind us. We’re looking forward to next week, we got to worry about Southeast. It’s like I said all week to the kids, it’s just another game you got to play it, we can’t think about this weeks lost or we’re never gonna move forward.”
|Northwest Whitfield||1-1-0||0.500||72||55||3-3-0||0.500||205||130||1 W|
|Southeast Whitfield||1-1-0||0.500||34||68||5-2-0||0.714||205||110||1 L|
This past Friday, September 23, the winless Bobcats headed west across the mountain to face the 3-1 Heritage Generals. The Bobcats rolled into town looking to win for the third consecutive year in a row against the Generals.
The Generals won the toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game.
The Generals started strong. On the second play of the game, the Generals found a way to score. With 11:03 on the clock, Quarterback Corbee Wilson found wide receiver Luke Grant with a 78-yard pass for the first touchdown of the night. The PAT was good, putting the Generals up 7-0 over the Bobcats
The Bobcats began their first drive on their own 23 yard line.
Looking for a good start on offense, the Bobcats came out throwing. Quarterback David Smith dropped back from the 43 yard line to find Griffin Cagle on a 39 yard pass, putting the Bobcats in great scoring position.
The Bobcats made it to the 15-yard line, but gave up a interception. The Generals took it back 65 yards.
The Generals offense came back out on the 10-yard line after the interception, but the Bobcats defense held them to a three and out. Alex Ahlyege’s 24-yard field goal attempt was good, putting the Generals up 10-0 with 5:43 left in the first.
The Bobcats came out for their second Offensive possession, but the Generals defense caused them to go three and out.
With good field position after the Bobcat punt, Corbee Wilson found Blake Bryan for a 29-yard touchdown to put the Generals up 17-0 with 1:53 left in the first.
The Bobcats punted the ball to start the 2nd quarter.
After a successful second possession, the Generals found the end zone once again. Corbee Wilson scrambled out and kept the ball for a 10-yard touchdown, putting the Generals up over the Bobcats 24-10 with 10:48 left in the second.
In their next possession, driving down the field, the Bobcats looked like they were about to score, but Quarterback David Smith dropped back to throw to intended receiver Griffin Cagle, ending in an interception.
The Generals came back out on the 50-yard line with 5:58 on the clock. Not missing a beat, the Generals offense would drive down to score for the third time in the 2nd quarter. Corbee Wilson found Trent Kiniry for the 20-yard touchdown, putting the Generals up 31-0 with 4:12 left in the half.
Both teams had a hard time trying to find the end zone before the end of the first half.
After halftime, both coaches chose to use the running clock for the second half since the Generals were up by 31.
The Bobcats received the ball to start the second half. Looking for a touchdown, David Smith found Griffin Cagle for a 52-yard touchdown, putting the Bobcats on the board. Casas missed the PAT making the score 6-31 with 7:31 left in the third quarter.
With the running clock on, the Generals ran the third quarter out leaving the score at 31-6.
Midway into the fourth, the Bobcats scored again. Junior running back Chris Pruett scored from 51-yards out. With the Generals up on the Bobcats 31-13, they had a confident lead with 5:38 left in the game.
The Generals continued to run the clock out, winning the game 31-13 and marking the Bobcats’ fifth straight loss.
I caught up with Coach Wingard after the tough loss. I asked him what the plan was for next week. He stated,
“Next week is Pickens. It’s a huge rivalry game. We had a tough loss tonight, but we have to get the kids to believe in us and in themselves. The stuff we are coaching them is going to sink in eventually. It showed a lot Thursday when our JV won their first game this season. We’ve also got to simplify a lot of things. Once we get that rolling, we’ll start seeing good in the kids, but the biggest thing I want right now from the kids is to stay positive.”
The Bobcats will play rival Pickens Dragons this Friday at home.
This past Friday, September 16th, the Bulldogs from Murphy, North Carolina headed south to face the Gilmer County Bobcats for Gilmer’s homecoming game. With the Bobcats losing three straight games and a new head coach, the Bobcats were trying to turn things around and come up with a win.
The Bobcats won the toss and deferred to the second half.
After receiving the ball, the Bulldogs began to drive down the field. The Bulldogs looked like they did not miss a beat. Quarterback Joey Curry found wide receiver Colton Posey for a 9-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs the first points of the night. The PAT from Joey Helton was good, putting them up 7-0 with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
In their last three games, the Bobcats have started slow on the offensive side of the ball, mostly going three and out in their first possessions.
After receiving the ball, the Bobcats found some fire as their offense drove the field, but the Bulldogs defense stopped them at the 11-yard line, forcing the Bobcats to try for a 26-yard field goal. Casas hanged the ball far to the left, missing the field goal.
The Bulldogs received the ball on the 11-yard line, and the Bobcat defense held them to a three and out.
The Bobcats offense came out strong for their second possession. Quarterback David Smith found Damian Mccue for several connections to put the Bobcats in great scoring position. With the drive taking up the rest of the first quarter, David Smith dropped back to pass, but was flushed out of the pocket to scamper in for a 11-yard touchdown. The PAT by Casas was unsuccessful. The Bobcats trailed the Bulldogs 6-7 with 11:18 remaining in the second quarter.
The rest of the second quarter consisted mostly of multiple three and outs, with the score going into halftime remaining 6-7.
The Bobcats received the ball to begin the second half, but the Bulldogs defense held them to another three and out.
The Bulldogs drove down to the 1-yard line on their first possession, but the Bobcats defense held them to a fourth conversion where Joey Curry handed it off to running back Kadrian McRae for a 1-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 14-6 lead over the Bobcats with 4:58 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs drove the field again with Joey Curry punching it in for the 1-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown. The touchdown put the Bulldogs over the Bobcats 21-6 with 7:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Running out of time, the Bobcats tried to put a drive together, but it came to a halt when quarterback David Smith floated the ball intended to wide receiver Griffin Cagle. The ball was picked off in the end zone, giving Murphy the ball back with 4:53 left in the fourth quarter.
The Murphy offense came back out to look like they were going run the clock out, but KJ Allen would find a way to score from 6-yards. The PAT after was unsuccessful giving the Bulldogs a 27-6 lead over the Bobcats with 8.2 seconds left in the fourth.
The Bobcats lined up to receive the kickoff, but ended up running the clock off to end the game, leaving Coach Wingard with his first loss.
After the game I caught up with Coach Wingard and asked him about the loss. “We played a good first half of ball, but coming out in the second half, we were not focused,” he said. “The guys have to come out and learn how to play with that last play mentality every snap and that is something we’ll work on next week in practice.”
The Bobcats will travel to Heritage next Friday for their first region matchup.
Wingard is a native of the Acworth area where he played high school football for the Etowah Eagles. He then went on to play college football for Georgia Southern. At Southern, Wingard was an anchor for the Eagles in the interior defensive line. He graduated in 2008.
The following year, Wingard got his first chance at a coaching job as a lay coach at Gilmer High School. After one year in grad school, Wingard coached defensive line at Alpharetta High School. After three seasons, Wingard began to miss the small town atmosphere where he first started coaching and decided to come back to Gilmer in 2013, where he assisted Coach Wesley Tankersley with the defensive line.
After the Tank era, Wingard coached under Gilmer’s previous two coaches, Zach Grage and Jason Galt. After the releasing of Galt, Wingard was named the new Interim head coach for the Gilmer Bobcats.
Wingard’s practices are characterized by control, organization, and a good atmosphere altogether. After being asked how the players are handling everything that has happened the past week, Coach Wingard said, “They have handled everything phenomenally! I would not trade these players for anything in the world.” As far as how he is handling the whirlwind of events in Gilmer football, Wingard says, “It has been stressful and crazy, but I am excited for this opportunity. I just need the kids to stay focused and we need to beat Murphy.”
Coach Wingard and the Bobcats will face Murphy this Friday night for the homecoming game in Huff-Mosley Memorial Stadium.