Lumberbacks pounce all over Bobcats

WARREN — Dumas and Warren played each other about even for much of the first and third quarters Friday, but the Lumberjacks otherwise dominated the error-prone and penalty-plagued Bobcats, 54-14, in 8-4A Conference play.

Dumas (1-5 overall, 1-2 in 8-4A Conference) and Warren (3-3, 3-0) both went three-and-out twice before the first of several low snaps on punts gave Warren the ball at the Dumas 33 on its third possession with 5:15 left in the opening period. Sophomore Kilay Cox scored from the 10 about a minute later and Kevin Cortez kicked the PAT to put the Lumberjacks, who were celebrating homecoming, up 7-0.

The Bobcats kept the ball for the rest of the quarter after starting at their 20, but three plays into the second period, the kicker was downed at the 27 after another low snap. Quarterback Justin Gorman threw 28 yards to Terrez Hampton two plays later for a 14-0 Warren lead with 10:12 left in the half after Cortez’s PAT.

Dumas went three-and-out again, this time from its 18, and the kicker was ruled down at the 9 after yet another low snap. Gorman passed to Lafoy Smith for the touchdown with 8:29 remaining in the half and it remained 20-0 when the point-after failed.

Dumas made a first down before punting, then ended Warren’s next possession with a fumble recovery at the Bobcat 44.

But Trey English intercepted a Dumas pass and returned it to the Lumberjack 44. After Gorman passed 20 yards to Darveon Brown, Chris Oliver scored on a 36-yard reverse play to give Warren a 26-0 lead with 3:11 left in the half. The PAT was no good and it remained 26-0 at the intermission.

Warren took a 33-0 lead on a 6-yard run by Cox with 8:56 left in the third.

Dumas appeared to have scored on a an 83-yard kickoff return by Quan Bess, who took a handoff from Paul Steward at the 5, but an illegal blocking call – one of 10 accepted flags against the Bobcats – wiped out the touchdown.

On the following play, Reginald Bailey broke free and raced 92 yards for the score with 8:23 left. The point-after try failed, leaving it 33-6.

Warren answered with a 1-yard scoring run by Cox with 6:17 on the clock to make it 40-6.

Dumas gave up the ball on downs at the Warren 36 and Odis Miller carried it in from the five with 1:11 on the clock, at which point the AAA “mercy rule” went into effect with the score 47-6 after the PAT.

The Lumberjacks recovered a fumble at the Dumas 5 on the ensuing kickoff and Calyx Harris scored on the next play to put Warren on top 54-6 after Cortez’s PAT kick with 53.1 seconds left in the third to end a 21-0 Warren run.

The Bobcats began at their 16 on the kickoff and there was a lengthy delay after Steward was injured following a 4-yard carry with 10:20 left in the game. He was stabilized and taken by ambulance to the Bradley County Medical Center for treatment.

When play resumed, Dumas overcame an illegal block and holding call during the drive and scored on a 9-yard run by Lamar Hemphill with 4:50 on the clock for the final margin of 54-14 after the two-point run. The Bobcats recovered a Warren fumble as time expired.

Warren visits DeWitt next Friday while Dumas hosts Star City.