Rains rolls over Roughnecks 21-0
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 16, 2006 - EMORY - The Rains Wildcats rolled up 326 yards of offense on the ground Friday night in a 21-0 win over the White Oak Roughnecks.

Rains improved its record to 2-0 for the year while White Oak dropped to 0-3.

Rains senior quarterback Aaron Potts led the charge for the Wildcats beginning with the second play of the game. While running the option to the right, Potts shot through a hole just past the end of the line then raced 67 yards for a touchdown. Potts finished the game with 182 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Rains took advantage of a White Oak turnover to increase its lead in the second quarter. Defensive end Casey Paris sacked White Oak quarterback Austin Tubbs causing a fumble. Kenneth Cawthon jumped on the loose football, giving Rains possession on the White Oak 28-yard line.

Montrea Hobbs got the call to carry the ball on the next play. Running around right end, Hobbs slipped through a couple of tackles and raced the 28 yards for another Wildcat touchdown making the score 14-0.

The Wildcats threatened to increase their lead with a drive deep into White Oak territory; however, the first half expired before Rains could punch the football into the end zone leaving a 14-0 score at the half.

Rains extended its lead on the first possession of the second half. Derek Hurst capped the 44-yard scoring drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Hurst added his third successful point-after kick of the night which made the score 21-0.

After starting the second half with two straight four-and-out possessions, White Oak was breathed new life when linebacker Craig Blankenship intercepted a deflected Potts pass. Blankenship sprinted towards the end zone, but he was stopped just short when offensive tackle Aaron Marshall brought him down at the 5-yard line.

Six times White Oak tried to punch the football into the end zone and each time they were denied. The drive came to an end when Jake Ferguson recovered a fumble on the Rains 3-yard line to end White Oak's best opportunity to avoid the shutout.

The Wildcat defense smothered the White Oak offense throughout the game. The Roughnecks managed just 34 yards of total offense for the game.

Friday night the Wildcats will try to make it three victories in a row when they travel to Farmersville to take on the Farmers at 7:30 p.m.

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