After season-opening win, Sumrall welcomes WessonBy JESSE JOHNSON,
The Sumrall Bobcats started off the 2019 season on the right track with a key road win against the South Jones braves Friday night in Jones County. The Bobcats came out on top, 39-21.
Dodging the rain for the better part of the game allowed the Bobcats to air its game out with the impressive 295-yard performance from sophomore John Ford. Ford completed 20 of 33 passes with two touchdowns and a 110 QB rating. He also added 102 yards on the ground on 10 rushes bringing his all-purpose yards to 397.
“Some nights we are going to throw the ball a bunch and some nights we won’t,” Coach Shannon White said. “We are capable of throwing the ball. Although John is young, he is pretty advanced for his age”
Spreading the ball around and hitting six different receivers was a good sign that this year’s passing attack is right where White wants it to be.
“Overall, it was a good night for our offense,” White said. “We had a couple of series that we made mistake after mistake, showing a little inconsistency, but everything is correctable so that’s the good news.”
Wide receivers Tyler Daniels, Hayden Barrett and Gabe Cocroft combined for 195 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Gabe Cocroft had 8 rushes for 38 yards. There were also three rushing touchdowns by Carson Duck and Cole Daniels totaling 42 yards on only 4 rushes.
John Ford also led the defense with 11 total tackles and two sacks.
White felt great about his team’s defensive performance.
“I thought our defense played really well,” he said. “Our defensive line was is as good as advertised.”
Minus the blocked punt for a South Jones touchdown, the Bobcats only allowed 14 points with a tough prefsence from the defense.
“Giving up 14 points, we will take that any Friday night,” White said. “The strength of our defense is our defensive line. I thought our defense played really well, creating four turnovers and also a pick six. But that’s only one game and I hope that’s who we are. We’ll ind out as the season continues.”
The Bobcats take the field this Friday night as they travel to Wesson.
White knows this game will be another test for them.
“Wesson always plays us tough and has managed to win in the past,” he said. “Their speed is absolutely amazing and their secondary is probably the most talented secondary we will see all year.
“Those guys have skilled positions on offense, so their team speed is unusual for a 2A school. We don’t see this kind of speed most Friday nights. They are a team that people need to pay attention to, so we will definitely have our hands full with this team.”