Bobcats stay in playoff hunt

Bainbridge-Guilford 24, Oxford 6

OXFORD – Bainbridge-Guilford scored on its first play from scrimmage, and stunned Oxford Friday night to keep itself in the Class D division title picture.

Billy Holden popped through the middle of the line, and the big fullback showing surprising burst as he ran 67 yards for the opening touchdown. “Really, it was just a simple dive play,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly. “Booker (Davis, Oxford linebacker) was stunting, and we were able to pick him up. Our line created a tight mini-wall and Billy ran through the two hole. He has good speed, and I think he caught Oxford’s defense off guard. Once he broke into the second level, he was gone.”

Oxford drew to within one point early in the second quarter on John Wonka’s eight-yard run. The missed extra point left Oxford a point shy of the Bobcats.

Holden – along with senior halfback Dakota Vandermark – continued to pepper the Oxford defense with a solid rushing attack. Holden scored on a 35-yard run in the second quarter, and Vandermark added one of his typical long runs scoring from 75 yards in the fourth. German exchange student, Tim Herman, squeezed a 30-yard field goal between those two TD runs – the first field goal for a B-G kicker in Mattingly’s time on the B-G varsity staff.

Holden had a season-high 142 yards, Vandermark rushed for 136 yards – his fourth 100-yard game this season – and B-G outrushed Oxford 326-84.

Paul Wonka carried the ball for 61 yards to lead Oxford, and John Wonka threw for 101 yards, but was intercepted three times. “Our offensive and defensive lines really stepped up in this game, and I thought we were very physical with Oxford,” Mattingly said. “With the exception of our turnovers (four), we played one of our better games. This win still gives us a shot in the division, and it was like a playoff game for both teams. We needed this.”

Score by quarters

B-G 7 10 7 0–24

Oxf. 0 6 0 0–6

Scoring Summary

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