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Opp wins big against New Brockton

In their first-ever meeting, the Opp High School Bobcats varsity football team (2-1) took the ‘W’ over New Brockton Friday night 43-16.

OHS head coach Brent Hill said they started off a little slower than he hoped.

“We started off slow, but we picked it up when we needed to,” Hill said. “I think for us ot be the team that we want to be, we have to be able to start a game and finish a game with the same focus.”

Special teams were a big positive for the Bobcats Friday night, according to Hill.

“Special teams were something I wanted to see improve from last week,” Hill said. “I was happy to see that we did better this week. They had some miscues on the punt game and we were able to take advantage of that. We had some punts and kickoff returns that we were able to run back and it is nice to score on those. Offensively, I feel like we were able to settle in and we were able to run the ball and switch things up and I think the players adjusted well. I think we started both offense and defense pretty slow, but I think the defense did their job and really shut it down. The main thing is that we have to focus on playing 48 minutes. We are given 48 minutes and we can’t just play 40.”

Hal Smithart led the passing effort for the Bobcats going 17 of 24 for 218 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Curt Zorn led the Bobcats in receiving with six catches, 64 yards and one touchdown.

DaDa Stoudemire had a 35 yard punt for a touchdown, which was the first since 2015.

The Bobcats will take on Houston Academy next week in Dothan.