Rains runs over Gladewater 34-20
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 9, 2006 - GLADEWATER - The Rains Wildcats opened their 2006 campaign with a 34-20 win on the road over the Gladewater Bears Friday night.

The Wildcats used ball control to dominate time of possession with 49 offensive plays to Gladewater's 30 offensive plays. The Wildcats finished the game with 263 yards rushing on 49 carries.

Rains senior Mandel Christian led the charge for the Wildcats with 91 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He was followed closely by junior Montrea Hobbs who finished with 83 yards on 10 carries.

The Wildcats' first score came on the first play of the second quarter on an 11-yard run by Christian. The touchdown capped an eight-play drive that spanned 72 yards and evened the score at 6-6.

Rains increased the pressure on the Gladewater's offense forcing a punt from its own 31-yard line. Rains senior lineman Aaron Marshall poured through the middle of the line and blocked the punt, setting the Rains offense up on the Gladewater 16-yard line.

Aaron Potts capped the four-play drive with his first touchdown of the night, a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Derek Hurst added the point-after kick to make the score 13-6 with seven minutes remaining in the half.

Rains increased its lead to 20-6 just before the half on another Potts scamper. His touchdown run from 3-yards out capped a five-play drive that covered 62 yards.

The Cats ripped off a large chunk of the drive's yardage when Potts completed a 34-yard pass to Jonathan Beasley. Hobbs followed on the next play with a 30-yard run to the Gladewater 3-yard line. From there Potts kept the football on an option around the right end for the touchdown.

Just as they had done in the first half, the Bears scored on their first possession of the second half. On the second play of the half, quarterback Brandon Gibbons raced 52 yards to the end zone for the score. Wildcat Errin Farley blocked the point-after kick leaving a 20-12 score.

While the Bears took less than a minute to score, the Wildcats took their time in producing their first score of the second half. Rains ran 15 plays and ate up seven minutes and 41 seconds of the third quarter before Hurst plunged into the end zone from 3-yards out to make the score 27-12.

Gladewater ran a total of six offensive plays in the third quarter. After forcing another Gladewater punt, Rains went on a 14-play scoring drive that ate up another nine minutes of the game. Hobbs capped the drive that was plagued by seven penalties on a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:36 remaining in the game.

Gladewater went down fighting to the end. They came back with a 64-yard drive that resulted in a 16-yard touchdown pass by Gibbons to Bryan Daniels. Gibbons then found Daniels in the end zone for the two-point conversion to make the final score 34-20.

Rains will host the White Oak Roughnecks at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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