Sometimes it is not just getting the win, but the manner in which you do so. After erasing a 14-point deficit in the second quarter, the Bogue Chitto Bobcats tied Friday’s opener with the McLaurin Tigers at 20 late in the fourth before Carson Price nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bobcats the 23-20 win at home.

“It is a great way to start the season,” Bogue Chitto head coach Gareth Sartin said. “The kids fought, scrapped and found a way to win and Carson Price nailed the kick at the end there to win the game.”

Despite pulling out the win, the Bobcats (1-0) fell behind quickly. A 50-yard run by Kenny Bacon followed by a Dawson Laird to Jayvias Horton 11-yard touchdown pass put Bogue Chitto down 12-0 in the first quarter.

The Bobcats answered late in the period when junior J.T. McCaffrey rumbled into the end zone on a 25-yard touchdown run cutting the Tiger (0-1) lead in half at 12-6. McCaffrey finished with 96 yards and a score on 15 carries. 

Although, the momentum quickly swung back over to the visitor’s side early in the second quarter when Horton scored on a three-yard run. With the two-point conversion, McLaurin extended its lead to 20-6.

Late in the first half, the Bobcats inched closer when senior Shaw King scored on a six-yard run before connecting with Tristan Buffinton on the two-point conversion making the score 20-14.

King, the senior quarterback, again flashed his rushing skills with about three minutes to go in the game when he found the end zone from 18 yards out. The two-point conversion was no good, but the Bobcats pulled even with the Tigers at 20. King had three carries for 52 yards to go along with his two scores.  

Defensively Bogue Chitto had four players record double-digit tackles. Colton Bates led the way for the Bobcats with 20 tackles while Reid Smith had 15 and Eli Cupit and Davis Hart each tallied 10.

Sartin is proud of his team for pulling out the win, saying it will provide a morale boost early in the season. 

“It is good to get a win to start the year at home and especially with the way this win happened,” Sartin said.

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