By Stan Beall
The Star Herald
The Weir Lions hosted the Sebastopol Bobcats last Thursday night in a Region 3-1A contest and lost 27-20.
The Lions are now 1-7 overall and 0-5 in region play.
The Bobcats led 7-6 after the first quarter, and a missed conversion attempt by the Lions. The Lions and Bobcats exchanged touchdowns in the second quarter, but this time Weir was good on the PAT while Sebastopol failed to convert and both teams went into the intermission tied 13-13.
Weir came out strong in the third quarter and scored a touchdown, PAT good, but couldn’t stop the Bobcats from finding pay dirt as well and the score remained tied at 20-20 entering the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats were able to find the end zone in the final stanza and slipped by the host Lions, 27-20.
“I thought that the kids finally competed for four quarters and I was proud of the effort that they put into it,” said Weir head coach Paul Courtney. “We came up on the short end of the stick, as far as the win was concerned, but I thought we gained just a little bit of a moral victory just knowing that we can compete.”
Quarterback Tyler Henson was eight of 15 passing for 89 yards and a touchdown with one interception, and carried the ball 15 times for 73 yards as well.
Darius Brown had 16 carries for 61 yards with two touchdowns and 3 catches for 18 yards while Jermy Miller carried the ball four times for 28 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards as well.
Danny Woodard led all receivers with 42 yards on just three catches with a touchdown. “We’re trying to stay positive and we’re going to try to finish out strong,” added Courtney.
The Lions will travel to Ethel Friday night in what will probably be the last time these teams will ever play due to Choctaw County’s consolidation efforts.
Both teams will be looking for their first Region win in the 7 p.m. contest.
“I know that Ethel’s always going to be very well coached, and their players have been taught assignment football and they are going to stay on key,” Courtney further stated. “You might be able to gather an advantage on a lesser coached team, but you’re not going to get that with Ethel.”