The Gilmer Bobcats were defeated by the Union County Panthers Friday night at Huff Mosely Stadium 56-14, giving the Bobcats their 2nd loss of the season in a row. The Panthers started off strong by scoring two touchdowns in their first two possesions of the game giving them a quick 14-0 lead over the Bobcats.
The Bobcats did however show improvement over last week on both sides of the ball, causing fumbles, rushing to the quarterback and making the panthers fight for yardage on occasion. The Bobcats lost possession with a costly fumbled which resulted in another Panther touchdown after the recovery.
The Bobcats next possession went 4 and out and resulted in a punt by Senior D. Mccue. The Panthers had a 63 yard punt return for a touchdown which gave the panthers a 28-0 lead over the Bobcats within the first few seconds of the 2nd quarter. The Bobcats defense stepped up and caused a fumble in the end zone on the Panthers’ next possession resulting in a touch back. Gilmer started their next possession with a 9 yard QB keeper by D. Smith but ended the drive with a turnover on downs going for it on a 4th and 1.
After a great performance by both bands during halftime, the Bobcats first drive ended early with a fumble on 2nd down which ended up giving the Panthers great field position and resulted in a Panther touchdown. This gave the Panthers a 42-0 score over the Bobcats with just a few mins left in the 3rd quarter. The Bobcats answered with an amazing 34 yard pass by D. Smith who met Senior wide receiver B. Buntin for a 41 yard touchdown run.
This gave the Bobcats a boost of momentum scoring their first points in a regular season game. The Bobcats went for a 2 pt conversion but were stopped in the back field, putting the score at 42-6 with 4:42 left in the 3rd quarter. The Panthers were not phased by the touchdown Gilmer scoring. On the Panthers next drive they answered with a touchdown run putting them 43 points over the Bobcats.
On the Bobcats following drive they failed to pick up a first down and were forced to punt the ball back to the Panthers, giving them yet another chance to score. Bringing the score to Panthers 56 – Bobcats 6. The Bobcats showed no signs of weakness or discouragement, loosing by 50 points.
On the Bobcats following possession D. Smith found Sophomore, D. Finley for a hard fought touchdown catch in the end zone. Then Gilmer’s Nathan Carpenter was able to run the ball up the middle to pick up the 2 point conversion.
The Panthers next drive ended in a fumble and the Bobcats recovered, Nathan Carpenter (Gilmer) ran the ball up the middle for a nice nine yard pickup to end the game. Gilmer will travel to Cedartown to face the Bulldogs this Friday at 7:30. No stats for the Gilmer/Union game are available at this time.