Overtime loss to Bulldogs
Opp's hope for an upset came up short, but it took overtime for
Pike County to gain the 36-28 victory. The Bobcats third down
attempt was intercepted in the endzone and closed out Opp's shot at
tying the contest and sending to another overtime.
Opp took the opening lead against Pike County when Quadir Kincaid scored
from 4-yards out giving the Bobcats an early 7-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs would shut out the Bobcats for the remainder of the first
half, but Jerelle Bailey went to work scoring once on the ground and
then connecting on a 13 yard pass to give Pike County a 14-7 half time
Pike County looked to send the game out of control for Opp when the
Bulldogs took a 20-7 lead in the third, but Kincaid brought the Bobcats
back to within a touchdown after a two-yard run with 1:36 left in the
Opp tied the game in the fourth, with senior Richard Davis taking the
ball in from 20-yards out evening the score at 20 with 9:41 left in the
After a Pike County touchdown and two point conversion, Opp mounted
their comeback when Davis scored at the 3:19 mark. The Bobcats
added a two point conversion and the game went into OT tied at 28.
The Bobcats outrushed the Bulldogs 257-151, but it was the passing
attack of Pike County that helped the Bulldogs remain undefeated in
region play and moved to 5-1; 4-0 on the season.
Opp drops to 2-4; 2-2, but still remains alive for a playoff birth in 3A
The Bobcats will travel to Dale County next Friday Night.
Opp Bobcats vs. Pike
(Monday, Sept 27 - 8:00 AM)
Pike County fell to 2A Goshen last Friday
to lose their first game of the season and dropped to 4-1,
but remain undefeated in region play (3-0). Both Opp and
Pike County have lost to 2A region 2 opponents - Elba defeated
Opp in week 1, 19-6 and Goshen last week's win, 24-47.
Bobcats - Bulldogs Preview
Tigers' out claw Bobcats
(Sunday, Sept 26 - 9:00 PM)
The Straughn Tigers had lived through an off season of remembrance.
Although considered the turning point for the Tigers, last season's
7-20 loss to Opp headed the Tigers on a winning streak that
continued through the third round of the AHSAA playoffs. The
Straughn players however remember the past year leading up to the
Opp contest - that was then and this is now.
Straughn jumped out early after Josh Dewrell scored twice to push
the Tigers up 14-0 with 4:15 remaining in the first, but the
Bobcats' workhorse scored in less than two minutes to cut the
Tigers' lead 14-6.
Prep Sporting News - Program23
2009 Victory over Straughn
(Friday, Sept 24 - 6:00 AM)
It was the first time ever
and the Bobcats enjoyed the moment, winning 20-7 before a jubilant
crowd inside Channel-Lee Stadium.
Both teams were coming off hard region losses in 2009 - Straughn was
embarrassed in Mobile at Bayside Academy, 0-27. Opp lost a
heartbreaker to St. James giving up a last second touchdown for a
Sporting News - Program23 -
LEAD IN FOR FRIDAY
(Wednesday, Sept 22 - 10:00 am)
If the intensity of Monday Night's JV
match-up between Straughn and Opp is a precursor to Friday night's
Non-Region matchup... "punch your ticket" and "Katie bar the door"
or whatever old-timer saying comes to mind... because "it's gonna be
a barn burner."
Opp defeated Straughn after 22-8 during Monday Night JV action - but
the hitting was hard and fierce on both sides of the ball. Opp
scored first followed by a Tiger touchdown to tie the game at 8,
before the Bobcats scored two quick 2nd quarter touchdowns to take a
22-8 half time lead.
Opp vs. Straughn is quickly becoming another in-county heated
rivalry - as headed as Opp vs. Andalusia or Andalusia vs. Straughn?
Could be. The last two seasons provided both dramatic football
and packed stadiums
Last year Straughn was coming off a blow-out loss to Bayside Academy
and the Bobcats took advantage winning 20-7. It was Opp's
first win over the Tigers in six attempts and now both teams are
coming into the contest off emotional wins.
The Bobcats defeated Geneva 37-7 to move 2-1 in 3A region 2 play and
remain in the hunt for winning their second consecutive region title
(last season 4A region 2) and hosting the first round playoff game.
For Straughn the Tigers defeated Hillcrest after trailing deep in
the fourth quarter and scored with under 2 minutes to stay
undefeated in 4A region 2.
Opp is 2-2 heading into the contest with losses to 2A Elba and 3A
Straughn is 4-0 with a win over Geneva 48-14 to start the season.
Straughn vs. Opp - Weekly Preview
Opp takes JV
Fri 2, 2010 - 6:30 AM)
The Opp Bobcats defeated Florala in the Wildcats
second game in three days. Opp turned the ball over several times
inside the red zone, but the 3A Bobcats were to much for 1A Florala.
20-0 before Florala's Austin West ripped off a 59 yard TD run in the
third quarter giving Wildcat fans something to cheer about. It
would be the only score for Florala as the Bobcats added two more
touchdowns in the 34-8 win.
Opp vs. Daleville
Aug 30, 2010 - 7:00 AM)
The Opp Bobcats lost another
heartbreaker in week 1 against neighboring Elba. The 2A Tigers
showed Bobcat fans why the school is a preseason favorite to win the 2A
State Title. This week the Warhawks come into Channel-Lee Stadium
as region week kicks off.
Bobcats vs. Daleville Warhawks
Opp vs. Elba
(Mon, Aug 30, 2010 - 11:30 AM)
The Bobcats came into the game hoping to improve from last year's 6
turnover performance, but
let opportunities slip away in 2010 to fall to the 2A #3 Elba Tigers
6 - 19.
Opp looks ahead to their opening region contest this week - as we
look back with pictures from last Friday's game.
Bobcats make Statement
If there was any doubt in the Opp fan - it had to be removed before
a well represented Bobcats crowd - that made the 60 mile drive to
Brewton for a preseason jamboree. The JV won their portion of
the game playing a little over one quarter and then the varsity boys
took the field at 8:05 left in the second.
Neal scored first to bring the game back to 8-6, but Opp scored on a
3 minute drive to extent their advantage to 16-6 at half time.
"I'm extremely proud of this team right now. I saw some things
we need to work on, but we had very few penalties and built some
momentum before next week's game with Elba," said head coach
Whigham didn't take long to enjoy the victory as he already started
focusing his energy to next Friday Night. "Elba is better than
last year, and we've got to improve." The Tigers finished 11-1
last season and are the #3 team in 2A preseason rankings.
The Bobcats finished off WS Neal scoring in every quarter and a
bruising defense that kept the Eagles out of sync all night.
"This is just a jamboree." Reminding fans the game doesn't
help the Bobcats make the playoffs or win their region.
WS Neal game photos
Opp heads to Brewton for Jamboree
Typically a drop in classification means a decrease in students and
lower numbers in the class room, but that isn't the case on the Opp
football practice field as the Bobcats have an increase in numbers
and an abundance in running backs and skill players as the kickoff
to the 2010 season is a day away.
Opp travels to Brewton on Thursday night for a preseason 6:00 PM
kickoff against the Eagles of WS Neal. The first quarter and a half
will have the younger players taking the field with the junior
varsity teams facing off.
The Bobcats are still gaining experience and have areas to improve
on before next week's official kickoff against 2A preseason #3 Elba.
"We still have a lot of work to go [before Elba]," said head coach
Jack Whigham. The head coach is coming off the Bobcats best season
(7-5) under Whigham after making it to the second round of the
Alabama High School Athletic Associations football playoffs falling
to Jackson, 13-45.
This year the Bobcats drop down to 3A and will face their first
region 2 opponent in week two when they host Daleville. Opp will
face preseason region favorite Luverne on the road September 10
followed by the schools 2010 Homecoming game against Geneva.
Practice - PICTURES