Sunshine burns Hatch

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 29, 2006

NEWBERN &8212; Thursday night football has been very good to the Sunshine High School Tigers.

They crushed the R.C. Hatch Bobcats 60-6 to win their third straight Thursday night win of the season. After five games, Sunshine boasts a 4-1 record. Their only defeat of the year was at the hands of third ranked Sweet Water.

The focus is now on unbeaten fifth ranked South Lamar, who will invade Newbern on October 6. The game was one sided except for the first play of the game. The Bobcats scored first, then Sunshine followed with two touchdowns in each quarter.

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Hatch received first possession to start the game that began at their own 40-yard line. Senior quarterback Antwain Starks promptly hit Demarcus Porter in the flat, who dodged his way to a 60-yard touchdown. That gave the Bobcats a short-lived lead, 6-0.

The rest of the game was all Sunshine. On the Tigers first possession, they march right down the field for a score of their own. They needed three first downs in the drive that culminated with senior Calvin Bryant slanting off tackle for a 29-yard touchdown run, his first of three for the night. Marcus lee successfully converted the two-point try on a run around end putting Sunshine on top 8-6.

The Tigers would score on their next possession after getting favorable field position following a Bobcat punt. The drive started from the Hatch 26-yard line. Bryant plowed in for his second touchdown from four yards out. After the two-point conversion, it made the score 16-6.

Quarterback Marcus Lee participated in the next three touchdowns Sunshine. He reached the end zone on a run around left end.

Then with 1:29 left in the second quarter, he hit Jermaine Hood in the end zone for a 29-yard strike. The Tigers lead 30-6 at the half.

Lee came right back out of the gate for an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Wagner who was all alone in the middle of the end zone. Bryant would add his third touchdown when he legged out the Bobcat defense, rumbling 93 yards to pay dirt. Bryant finished with 129 yards rushing.

The Tiger two fourth quarter touchdowns cane on a 45-yards run down the sidelines by senior David Carlisle. The other was the result of a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone. Lineman Chester Johnson fell on the ball in the end zone, while line mate Quadarius get the credit for the block.

In the Bobcats defense, they are very, very young and inexperienced. They have 16 first year players and 14 second year players. Hatch, who is still seeking their first win this season, will host Holy Spirit on Oct. 6.