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Jackets blast Bobcats

The Vincent Yellow Jackets (3-1) rolled into Uniontown Friday night and won a battle in the trenches to defeat the Bobcats of R.C. Hatch (1-3), 46-30.

Bobcats head coach Jammie Abraham said his team was outplayed by a better opponent.

“it’s plain and simple.  We got whooped by a better team tonight,” Abraham said. “Our boys need to be more disciplined and I see some late practices ahead.”

Vincent head coach Zeb Ellison said his team got off to a slow start, but eventually got on track.

“We took awhile to warm up tonight but we came out in the second half, really executed well and were able to pull away,” Ellison said.

Hatch quarterback Deroderick Norfleet led the Bobcats 78 yards down the field on their opening drive, capping it off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones giving Hatch their only lead of the night.

The Yellow Jackets were quick to answer as Damauntey Johnson threw his first touchdown pass of the night for 29 yards with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter.

The Vincent defense forced a Bobcat punt on the ensuing drive and the Yellow Jackets capitalized again, this time on a 9-yard touchdown scamper by running back ShaCorry Lilly making the score 13-6.

The Bobcats returned the favor with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Norfleet to Marcus Tabb, which made the score 13-12 after a failed extra point.

The Bobcats wouldn’t get any closer as the Yellow Jackets began flexing their muscles on defense.

Vincent defender Ryan Kelow intercepted Norfleet and returned it for touchdown to give the Yellow Jackets a 21-12 lead at the half.

Vincent went on to score touchdowns on four out of its next five drives.

The last score and perhaps the most impressive play of the game involved some trickery where quarterback Damauntey Johnson tossed a quick pass to Chris Brown in the flat who then threw a 47-yard bomb to a wide-open Ryan Kelow who walked in the end zone, giving the Yellow Jackets a 46-12 lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter.

With such a large lead, Vincent began substituting second and third string players during the fourth quarter and Hatch took advantage by scoring two touchdowns and getting a safety to make the final score 46-30.

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