By Ruthie Robison Winston County Journal
The Noxapater Tigers hosted the Sebastopol Bobcats last Friday night in their second division game of the season.
The Tigers controlled the ball for most of the night reducing the Bobcats’ chances of generating points throughout the game.
Noxapater started scoring with 7:56 left in the first quarter on an impressive 45-yard toss from junior quarterback Tyrell Carter connecting with wide receiver Justin Robertson.
Sebastopol attempted to create an opportunity to answer back on their next possession, but Noxapater’s Trey Baber quickly stopped the Bobcats’ attempt with an interception then returned it for a Tiger touchdown.
With just seconds left in the first quarter, Carter found Baber in the end zone on a 20-yard pass. After the extra point added by Marshall Kugle, the Tigers had a 19-0 lead going into the second quarter.
The Bobcats were unable to answer back until half way through the second quarter. Sebastopol quarterback Cody Shaw tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Eric Burkes. After the extra point, the Bobcats trailed, 19-7.
With less than a minute later, Noxapater entered the end zone again increasing their lead over Sebastopol with 41-yard touchdown dash by Baber. Kugle added the extra point.
The Tigers continued to expand their lead over the Bobcats once more in the first half of the game. Keon Coburn pushed his way four yards into the end zone giving Noxapater a 32-7 advantage over Sebastopol two minutes before halftime.
After halftime, Noxapater advanced their lead over the Bobcats with a touchdown run by Baber from five yards out. The Tigers were ahead, 38-7.
Later in the third quarter, with 24 seconds before the beginning of the fourth quarter, Noxapater’s offense fired up again. Coburn capped off a successful Tiger drive entering the end zone from six yards out.
The Tiger defense shut down Sebastopol’s offense in the fourth quarter ensuring their 45-7 win over the Bobcats.
On the offensive side of the ball, Baber had five carries on 105 yards with two touchdowns. Coburn had 12 carries on 99 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Carter followed with five carries on 54 yards. In addition, Carter was 8-12 through the air on 152 yards with two touchdowns. Roberston had two receptions for 51 yards with one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Anthony Brown followed with three receptions for 44 yards while Justus Barfield had one reception for three yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dustin McVay led with nine tackles and one assist. Brown had five tackle and two assists while Robertson had five tackles. Barfield and Nick Strehle made three stops and three assists each, while Jacoby Lewis had three stops and eight assists during the game. Baber had two tackles, one assist, one fumble recovery and an inception returned for a touchdown.
After a rocky start, the Class 1A defending champion Tigers are building another winning season with a 3-2 overall record and boasting a 2-0 record in division play.
This Friday Noxapater will hit the road traveling to Ethel to take on another Tiger team in a division matchup.
Ethel holds a 2-3 overall record and a 0-2 record in division play. The Ethel Tigers were recently defeated by East Oktibbeha last week, 33-24.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.