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Week 4 at Harrisburg

It was Homecoming night in Harrisburg as another close one was in store for the Bobcats of Corning as they defeated the Hornets of Harrisburg 16-7 last Friday night.It was the first time this season that the Bobcats trailed at the half as they were down 7-0 due to a Hornet touchdown early in the second quarter.The Bobcat offense was completely shut down the first half as the Hornet defense held them to a mere total of 83 yards of offense in the opening two quarters.It was the Hornets who came out fighting with 107 yards rushing and 55 yards passing to combine for 162 total yards on offense and a rushing touchdown to give them the halftime lead 7-0.Things were looking awful gloomy for the Cats' at halftime as they were clearly outplayed in every way.It was enough to make them hungry for their first conference victory this year as they came out on top with two scores of their own in the second half while holding the Hornets scoreless in the final quarters of play.

It all started with the opening kick-off of the second half as #13 Alex Shelton,the sophmore,ran it back 70 yards to the Hornet 10 yard line.With more momentum than ever,and the best chance they had of scoring all night,the Cats' quarterback Mitchell Hovis went to the air to find junior running back Guy Williams all alone in the endzone from 17 yards out for his first catch of the year and the Cats' first score of the night as they got on the board 7-6.It was then the blocking of the front line and the legs of senior tailback Craig Hopkins,who played with cracked ribs from which he obtained in last weeks' blow-out at Rector,that give the Cats' an 8-7 lead on the conversion play with 10:21 left to play in the third quarter.

Corning by all means wasnt yet finished spoiling the Hornet's Homecoming night,though.Next,it was the defense that came up big forcing the Hornets to punt and then blocking it to regain possesion deep in Hornet territory.With 3:35 left in the third quarter and the Cats' knocking on the door again,the Hornets gave up as Corning again put the ball into the hands of their workhorse,Craig Hopkins and went into the endzone on a trap play to extend their lead,14-7.Following the touchdown,the Cats' again decided to go for two as Hopkins took it around the end on a pitch play to set up the final score 16-7.That's the way it would come to a close as the Bobcats continue their streak unbeaten with a perfect 4-0 record.The loss for Harrisburg gives them a 1-3 record.The Bobcats will come back home next week to celebrate their own homecoming as the Mohawks of Piggott will come to town in what is sure to be a very good ball game.Kick-off is set for 7:30,but be sure to come a little earlier to see the homecoming festivities and Miss. Cindy Sharpe get crowned as the 1998 Bobcat Homecoming queen.

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