Bobcats Defeat Marshall County in Playoffs’ Opening Round
Bobcat quarterback Trevor Holder combined for four touchdowns, the defense came up with three timely interceptions and Giles County sent bitter rival Marshall County home early with a 38-35 opening round upset at Preston Hopkins Field, Friday, in Lewisburg.
The Bobcats (5-6, 2-3) and Tigers (8-3, 4-1) clashed on the gridiron for the second-consecutive week after Marshall County claimed the regular season finale, 34-17, Oct. 31 at the same venue. However, it was the eight seed GCHS who had the last laugh in the teams’ rematch when the visitors upset Quad 3’s top seed, Marshall County.
The GCHS defense was able to slow down the Tigers’ offense and star back Chris Walker, while picking up three key interceptions on defense, including Dontarius Gilbert’s game-winning pick in the end zone with only eight seconds remaining. Tre Turner led the team with two sacks and two key tackles for loss. Mckenzie Majors added a sack of his own, while Tyler Reynolds finished with three tackles for loss and Nate Alsup chipped in two more.
After falling behind 7-0, the Bobcats answered with an eight-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 35-yard strike from Holder to Dontarius Gilbert on 4th and 15 to tie the game at seven.
Griffin Birdsong added a field goal, and Holder scored his second touchdown of the night on a read-option keeper, but GCHS trailed 21-17 at the half thanks to three first half touchdowns by Chris Walker, including an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Walker gave his team an 11-point cushion with a touchdown midway through the third quarter, but the Bobcats rattled off 21-straight points to retake the lead on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Holder to Lucas Harrison, another read-option touchdown by Holder and a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by Blake Gentry.
MCHS attempted a late rally in the final quarter, but Gilbert’s interception with eight seconds remaining sealed the three-point victory for GCHS.
Offensively, Holder finished the night 7-of-18 passing for 179 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The senior also added 57 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on six carries.
Tucker led his team in rushing with 128 yards on 22 carries. Harrison caught two passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Gilbert picked up 91 total yards of offense (66 receiving, 25 rushing) and a touchdown, while Ordway added 49 yards of offense (37 rushing, 12 receiving).
The Bobcats will now travel to take on No. 4 seed White House in the Class 4A second round, Friday, in a rematch of last year’s 34-10 playoff win by Giles County.