|Farmers beaten down by Rains|
|By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent|
Sept. 23, 2006 - FARMERSVILLE - He may be Rains' shortest player, but Friday night Montrea Hobbs came up with the big plays in the fourth quarter.
Hobbs helped the Rains Wildcats put a damper on the Farmersville homecoming celebrations with a 16-14 win over the Farmers.
Trailing 14-7 with 10:32 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hobbs sparked the Wildcats' rally by tackling Farmersville running back Tajh Redwine in the end zone for a safety. Then three plays later, Hobbs scooted 12 yards for a touchdown to give the Cats the lead with nine minutes remaining in the game.
The Wildcats still had to hold off Redwine and the Farmers' offense in the final minutes of play. Starting at their own 30-yard line, the Farmers used 12 plays to drive down to the Wildcat 14-yard line.
Seeing their lead in jeopardy, Rains' Evan House responded by dropping Redwine for a 3-yard loss. Joey Northcutt anticipated a screen pass on the following play and dropped fullback Nickevian Taylor for a 9-yard loss moving the Farmers out of field goal range. The Farmers final attempt to pull out the win sailed incomplete allowing the Wildcats to run the final three minutes off the clock.
The Wildcats scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Aaron Potts. The run capped a 14-play drive that consumed seven minutes of the opening quarter. Derek Hurst added the point-after kick to give the Cats a 7-0 lead with 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
A 30-minute lightning delay at the end of the first quarter gave the Farmers an opportunity make adjustments before driving 90 yards to tie score on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Justin Wallace to Taylor. James Wise added the point-after kick to for a 7-7 score.
The Wildcats came out flat for the start of the second half and the Farmers took advantage of it. Redwine showed his ability to shake off tacklers as he weaved his way 61 yards for a touchdown that gave Farmersville a 14-7 lead.
The Wildcats were poised to tie the game in the third quarter when Mandel Christian broke loose for a 44-yard run that put the Cats on the Farmers' 1-yard line. Rains moved the football within six inches of the goal line before an illegal procedure penalty moved the football back to the 5-yard line.
The drive came to an end when Hurst was stopped two yards short of the end zone on fourth-and-goal.
Two plays later, Hobbs became the hero sparking the Cats to nine unanswered points for the win.
Friday night, Rains (3-0) will host the Brownsboro Bears. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Wildcat Stadium.