Thursday afternoon had the Junior varsity Bobcats traveling to the home of the Rebels in Fannin County. With a 2 game win streak in their pockets Gilmer was looking to continue the excitement and add another notch in the win column.
In this game Freshman Seth Darling led his team up and down the field to put up 26 points on the board to take a victory over the Rebels. The Defense for the Bobcats played very good allowing one touchdown to an offense with a skilled quarterback and receivers with after catch speed.
With the winning streak now at 3 games the JV Bobcats have a very good opportunity to close out the season on a super high note with just 2 games left in 2018.
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for the week of October 12th is Sophomore defensive Outside Line Backer and Tight End Kyle Allison. Playing both sides of the ball keeps a player on the field for the majority of the 48 minutes of a high school football game. At 6’2 and 210 lbs, Allison handles it well and without losing his hustle.
In Friday night’s game at Heritage #47 stayed focused. Kyle Allison, with both solo and team tackles racked up right at 10. Some of these tackles came in long drives by the Generals. As a tight end Allison competes at a high level and performs the blocking schemes that he is called on to do.
Congratulations on being chosen the Team FYN Sports Player of the Week!
The Gilmer Bobcats loaded the bus and headed to Ringgold Ga to face the Heritage Generals. With the Cats falling last week to Southeast Whitfield and the Generals taking a loss from Pickens both teams are dealing with a season full of disappointment.
Gilmer came out of the locker room high spirited and ready to face the challenge put them before them. Heritage won the toss and elected to receive the ball in the second half allowing the Bobcats the first opportunity to take the ball. Freshman Seth Darling stepped under center to start the game with senior quarterback David Smith lining up as a slot receiver/running back. The Cats went 3 and out on their first drive of the night. With a 36 yard punt by Jonas Griggs the Generals started 1st and 10 on their side of the 50 yardline. Heritage also had to punt the ball on fourth down.
Defensively the Bobcats gave all they had in trying to stop the running attack of the Generals. Heritage put up over 350 yards mostly on the legs of Logan Lowe and Nick Hanson. Carver Richards, Luke Morgan, Kyle Allison, and Mack Towery played a very good game. These four were around the ball all night and really stood out in the defensive effort by the Bobcats. In the 51-14 loss the Bobcats offense moved the ball against a very tough Generals defensive front. Brogdon, Bertolini, Dover and Smith carried the ball for the Bobcats with Smith pushing the ball across the goal line for the 2 scores on the night. Late in the fourth quarter the Bobcats scored from 4 yards out to close out the scoring on the night.
With this loss the woes for the Bobcats continue with yet another very tough opponent coming up next week in the Northwest Whitfield Bruins at Huff-Mosley Stadium. The Bruins are coming off a big loss to the Dragons of Pickens by a score of 55-13.
As October has arrived so has the High Schools from around the country honoring and remembering those who have lost the battle and those who are survivors of Breast Cancer. Friday was no different for the fans, staff and students of Gilmer High School. Before the game the Bobcats Cheerleaders took their place on the sidelines to show their love and respect for those affected both directly and indirectly. (See Photos Below)
After a bye week for the Bobcats and the Raiders coming off a loss to the Dragons, these teams came in high spirited and ready to take the field. The Captains went to the center of the field for the coin toss in which Gilmer won. Choosing to go on offense to start the game, Coach Casey Wingard sent his offense out with Senior David Smith at the helm. On the opening drive for Gilmer. They went a 74 yards on 5 plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Smith carried the ball 24 yards to cap off the drive at 9 minutes and 46 seconds on the clock. The 7-0 lead for Gilmer would be short-lived as the Raiders offense took the field. Junior quarterback #12 Adam Sowder led his team up and down the field for 42 points on 6 touchdowns in the game. The Gilmer defense gave everything they had both physically and emotionally all game but the Raiders were better than the Cats on this night.
In the 42-14 loss for the Bobcats Smith, Brogdon and Dover were once again the workhorses in the running game. Smith and his offense had over 100 yards in the game. Freshman Seth Darling came in at QB with the move of Smith to the backfield. Darling threw one interception on a pass attempt in the end zone. The freshman quarterback is the future of Bobcat football and is maturing in the offense ran by the coaching staff.
This loss to the Raiders has the Bobcats sitting at 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the region with a tough region road ahead. Friday, October 12th will have Gilmer travel to the home of the Heritage Generals. The Generals are coming off a blowout loss at the hands of the Pickens Dragons last week.
Game two of the 6-AAAA region tournament for the Gilmer Lady Cats had them in a must win situation. After the game one defeat at the hands of the Ridgeland Lady Panthers, Gilmer had to get the victory to have hopes of moving forward. One team would advance and one team would end their season.
The Lady Panthers jumped out fast putting a run up in the top of the first on a solo home run by Jenna Morgan. Not being caught off guard, Gilmer answered plus one in their half to take a 2-1 lead early. Mallory Kiser led off the inning with a hard single to set up Sarah Mosley with an RBI opportunity. Mosley, looking at a 2 ball and 2 strike count connected on the opponents pitch and drove it deep over the left field fence for a 2 run home run. The Lady Cats struggled to put anything together through the next several innings. The Lady Panthers would do everything possible to put the game out of reach by adding runs to the board in the second(4), third(1) and fifth(3) to take a 9-2 lead in to the bottom of the seventh. Gilmer fought hard to mount a comeback win but fell short. The 4 runs in their half of the seventh left them shy 3 runs of the tie and 4 short of a win to end the 2018 season. The 11 hits and 6 runs by Gilmer in the game were accomplished from several Lady Cats having a good day at the plate. Jayd Hamby led the Gilmer batters going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored. Mallory Kiser was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and Sara Mosley was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Hannah Bennett took the loss in the circle. Bennett threw 117 pitches and allowed 9 runs on 15 hits including a walk and a home run. Hannah struck out 7 Lady Panthers in the game.
The Lady Cats will start preparing for the 2019 season and the possibility of a new coach. The big decision to be made in the off season is whether or not Coach Kim Charles chooses to retire or to continue as the staple of Gilmer softball.
The Gilmer Lady Cats Traveled to Rossville Ga on Tuesday for game one of the 6-AAAA region tournament against the 6-6 Lady Panthers of Ridgeland. The winner of this game will sit good having to get just one more victory to advance further in the tournament.
The Lady Cats could not get anything going in the three inning game. The home team sent Bryanna Goldsmith to the circle. On just 37 pitches, goldsmith allowed no runs on 4 hits and struckout 2 Lady Cat batters. The Ridgeland defense didn’t commit any errors behind their pitcher. The Gilmer side of the box score was unfortunately a different appearance. Taking the circler for Coach Kim Charles and the Gilmer Lady Cats was a combination of Jaylin Vick and Isabella Chastain. The two Lady Cats pitchers gave a valiant effort in trying to stop the tenacious offense of Ridgeland. Vick went 2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and 2 home runs. Chastain, in relief worked two thirds of an inning. The Lady Panthers scored 9 times on 9 hits, 2 walks and 1 home run.
Offensively, the Lady Cats had 4 hits in the game. Sar Mosley was 2 for 2 with Isabella Chastain at 1 for 1, Mallory Kiser at 1 for 2. The Lady Panthers pitcher out pitched the Lady Cats in this game and that happens. There is no shortage of hard work and hustle out of the Gilmer girls. These same teams will go at it again in game two of the best of three series.
The Lady Cats traveled to the home of the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders on Saturday morning to finish out the 2018 regular season. Gilmer came to play and opened up an early lead to set the pace in the game.
Putting up 5 runs in the top of the first, the Lady Cats line up let the Lady Raiders know early they were ready to take any challenge they could be given. Mallory Kiser got the things started with a single followed in the inning by Allison Sirmans(single), Isabella Chastain(double) and a big home run by Sarah Mosley. jasmine Staley(reached on error) and Taylor Elliott(walk) also reached in the inning for Gilmer. These ladies for Gilmer didn’t stop and added 2 runs in the 2nd, 5 runs in the 3rd and 6 more in the 4th to rack up 18 big runs on their opponents. The Lady Cats had 17 hits against the opposing pitcher. Getting it done were Sarah Mosley with 2 huge home runs, 4 runs scored and 3 RBI’s. Although the hits were scattered throughout the Coach Charles line up, the top produced when they needed to to close out a victory. Kiser(3-4, 3RBI and 3 runs scored), Jatd Hamby(2-4,1 RBI and 3 runs scored), Bennett(2-3, 2 RBI and 1 run scored). The middle and bottom of the Gilmer also contributed with Jasmine Staley(1-4 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored), Isabella Chastain(2-2 with 2 RBI and a run scored), and Emily Dale was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored.
Taking the circle and completely shutting down the batters of Southeast Whitfield was Hannah Bennett. In her complete game of 4 innings, Bennett threw 59 pitches allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk. The Lady Cats defense committing just one error in the game.
The Gilmer Lady Cats finish the 2018 season at 9-11. With 5 seniors graduating and the possibility of Coach Kim Charles leaving for retirement, the preparation for the 2019 season starts soon with off season workouts.
Last week saw the Lady Cats Varsity and Junior Varsity volleyball teams hit the court in action almost to fast for the eyes to see. The JV competed in both match and tournament competition with the Varsity finishing up a season that has shown them struggle but get better with every whistle.
The JV faced Southeast Whitfield, Ridgeland, Pickens and Fannin in regular season action going 2 and 3 in those matches. Southeast Whitfield hosted a sub-varsity tournament that had the younger Lady Cats come out of pool play as the 4 seed. Having to play the 1 seed in bracket was a tough challenge. Even though Gilmer JV took the match to a deciding game, Sonoraville edged out the Lady Cats 2 games to 1 and ended the JV’s route to the tournament title.
The varsity also hit the court with a few really tough opponents in Southeast Whitfield and Rideland. Gilmer took 2 straight games over Southeast with scores of 25-23 and 25-19. Working hard and putting up good numbers were:
ACES: Hope Colewell-5, Beth Burnette-3, Hannah Watkins and Emma Callihan with 1 each.
KILLS: Elly Callihan-5, MaryLee Callihan-4, Emma Dayton-3, Elyza Dantin with 2
Blocks: Elly Callihan-3, Emma Dantin with 1
ASSIST: Emma-7 and Beth-3
DIGS: Emma C.-14, Hope-13, MaryLee-6
In the second match the Lady Cats faced Ridgeland. In the 3 game match Gilmer fell short 2 games to 1(25-19,1-25,14-25). Stats for the Ridgeland match were
ACES: Colewell-3, MaryLee Callihan and Burnette with 2 each, Watkins-1
KILLS: Elly Callihan-9, Dantin and Dayton with 3 each, Emma Callihan, Burnette and MaryLee Callihan had 2 each.
BLOCKS: Dayton-3, Elly Callihan-2
ASSIST: Emma Callihan-12, Burnette-3
DIGS: MAryLee Callihan-10, Burnette and Emma Callihan had 8 each, Colewell with 7.
The Lady Cats hit the Courts again on the 20th when they traveled to Fannin for a tri-match with the Rebels and the Dragons of Pickens.