While Presbyterian Christian narrowly escaped with a victory in overtime last week, the Bobcats traveled back home to earn a dominating 54-27 win over Wayne Academy.
From the start, the Bobcats’ star running back, Marquis Crosby, got to work. On the fourth play of the game, Crosby broke free for a 51-yard running touchdown.
PCS coach Derek White praised Crosby’s performance and gave credit to the offensive line’s performance.
“He’s a good conductor,” White said. “Like I’ve told everybody, I couldn’t ask for a better kid, a better person, a better student, a better football player he has the total package. But he’ll tell you first off that if we didn’t have those big guys up front getting after it and those bears in our brick formation, it would be a different story. I’m just excited to see the way we can run the football sometimes.”
The Jaguars quickly responded with a 72-yard drive capped off by a fourth-down touchdown pass from quarterback Stone Ross to receiver Blake Burgess. After the Bobcats turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, momentum seemed to be on the Jaguars’ side. However, Wayne Academy could not capitalize on either turnover.
While the Bobcats held a narrow lead of 7-6 after the end of the first quarter, the team scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter. In total, the Bobcats scored five touchdowns in the second quarter, while only allowing the Jaguars to score one. The Jaguars’ one touchdown in the quarter was a 56-yard touchdown from Ross to receiver Blaze Beasley.
PCS then scored quickly off of two failed onside kickoff recoveries by Wayne Academy.
Crosby was the highlight of the Bobcats’ dominant first half. He finished the half with 295 yards on 13 carries and five touchdowns. Cameron Shaw also added to the running attack by running for a 41-yard touchdown; he finished the half with 80 yards on seven carries.
After the first half, Crosby only carried the ball three more times, finishing the game with 345 rushing yards. With the other backup running back carrying the load for the remainder of the game. Running back Miles Harris explained the team’s mindset in sharing carries.
“I just feel like we’ve got a great relationship,” Harris said. “We don’t really care who gets the ball and who scores for us. We feel like we can trust every guy and we’re just as happy if our other guys score.”
The Bobcats’ defense found early success in the second half with an interception by Landon Lofton, but the offense could not convert the turnover into points.
A few drives later, PCS extended their lead to 48-13 on a 16-yard rush by Harris.
Harris also contributed by returning a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
“It felt good,” Harris said. “Right before halftime, I had one where I dropped the ball and ended up going the wrong way. On the next one, I just decided to hit the hole where I was supposed to go and my teammates blocked for it and it busted.”
While the Bobcats’ offense and special teams dominated, White said that the defense did not have the performance he would have liked them to have.
Ross finished the game 15-of-25 for 212 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 40 yards.
“I don’t think we played very well (defensively),” White said. “But you know what, you’re not going to play well every night. We got to get back to work and we got to shore up that because we know what’s coming. We’re going to have some really good football teams come after us and we just have to get better.”
PCS improves to 4-1 on the season. The Bobcats will looks to extend their winning streak to five games next Friday at home against Columbia Academy.
“We’ve found a way to be 4-1,” White said. “That hasn’t happened a lot at this school and we’re trying to get better every week and we just want to have a chance to be 5-1.”