By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Weir Lions were topped 27-20 by the Sebastopol Bobcats last Thursday night at Marion Kelley Field.
The Lions took the field ready for a win and gave one of their best performances of the season. Quarterback Tyler Henson had a standout night with both passing and rushing in the Thursday matchup while wide receiver Danny Woodard made key catches and running back Darius Brown led the ground assault.
The Lions kept the score close throughout the game until late in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats took a seven-point lead that would hold.
This adds another loss to the Lions rocky year, but also showed that Weir has all the right components to finish out their season with wins.
After the Lions were forced to punt early in the first quarter, Kavon Dobbs recovered a fumble at the Bobcat 45-yard line putting Weir in a position to score. The Lions put together a drive, which featured an 18-yard gain by Brown, that was capped with a Weir touchdown when Brown punched it in from the four.
The Lions were on the board with a 6-0 lead. This is the first time this season Weir has scored before their opponent. The Bobcats answered back with a 47-yard kickoff return putting Sebastopol in the red zone. With 52 seconds left in the first quarter, the Bobcats took the lead with a passing touchdown and extra point, 7-6.
After an unsuccessful drive by the Lions, Sebastopol struck again with a 10-yard pass from Bobcat quarterback Cody Shaw. Sebastopol increased their lead, 13-6.
The determined Lions, starting from their own 36-yard line, worked their way down the field. With 1:23 left in the first half of the game, Henson connected with Woodard on a 10-yard pass. Senior Tyler Martin added the extra point, and the Lions had evened the score before entering halftime, 13-13.
The Bobcats came back in the third quarter with a touchdown pass from Shaw to Eric Burkes. After the extra point, Sebastopol was back on top 20-13.
However, the Lions seized another opportunity to score with 2:10 left in the third quarter. Brown made an eight-yard dash to the end zone while Martin added the extra point needed to match the Bobcats, 20-20.
For the rest of the second half of the game, both teams relied on defense.
The Lion defense held off the Bobcat offense until late in the fourth quarter with 2:26 left in the game when Colton Tharp broke through with a 16-yard run.
The Lions made an effort to answer back, but the Bobcat defense put enough pressure on the Weir offense to halt their efforts to move the ball.
On the offensive side of the ball, Henson had 15 carries for 73 yards. Brown had 16 carries for 61 yards while junior running back Jermy Miller had four carries for 28 yards.
Henson was 8-15 through the air for 89 yards with one touchdown
Woodard had three receptions for 42 yards with one touchdown, while Miller had two receptions for 29 yards. Brown had three receptions for 18 yards.
Defensively, Woodard had one interception and one fumble recovery.
Weir now holds a 1-7 overall record and is 0-5 in district play.
This Friday night the Lions will travel to Ethel to take on the Tigers in another Class 1A, Region 3, District 4 matchup. The Tigers currently hold a 2-7 overall record and have yet to win a division game. Ethel was recently defeated by Nanih Waiya, 36-16.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.