2008 Team Insiders: Orangefield Bobcats

Southeast Texas expert Kerry Cooper takes a look at all the teams in the Golden Triangle region along with East Houston Area. Join Kerry and the rest of the Texasprpeinsider team for the season as we give you the inside scoop on the teams in the state of TExas.

Orangefield Bobcats

If you were to look at the last four games of the 2007 season you would see that the Orangefield Bobcats finished a strong 3-1. Look at the first six games and you see a different story as the ‘Cats struggled through an 0-6 start to the season. Even through all that the Bobcats were very close to a playoff spot out of the tough 21-3A. The Cats started district with a blowout loss to Silsbee and then appeared to be heading towards the same fate against Jasper the next week after the Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead. That would be the turning point for Orangefield though as they held Jasper scoreless in the 2nd half and ended up falling 24-14. The next week they battled Kirbyville back and forth for 4 quarters but fell just short 49-42. If one of those games had gone Orangefield's way the Bobcats may have found themselves playing in week 11. With the departure of Jasper and Kirbyville from 21-3A the Bobcats have to like their chances at a playoff spot with the help of 13 returning starters.

Key Wins Last Year
Bridge City (60-35)
Hamshire-Fannett (17-14)

Last Year's Scores
Buna 35 Orangefield 12
East Chambers 21 Orangefield 14
Splendora 22 Orangefield 14
Silsbee 42 Orangefield 0
Jasper 24 Orangefield 14
Kirbyville 49 Orangefield 42
Orangefield 60 Bridge City 35
Orangefield 17 Hamshire-Fannett 14
WO-S 49 Orangefield 13
Orangefield 42 Hardin-Jefferson 13


The ‘Cats return 5 starters on offense from last year's team that averaged 23 points per game. Jace Statum makes the move to QB from WR for his junior season. Look for senior Zach Peevey to take over the starting job at TB after seeing good time as a backup last year. Peevey finished 2007 with 456 yards and 4 touchdowns on 89 carries. With two speedy backs in the backfield in QB Statum and TB Peevey expect the Bobcats to base their offense around a more option style running attack. The Offensive Line looks stout with the return of Michael Lindsay (6-2, 279) and Tyler Whitmire. Coach Morrison Says " One of our keys on Offense this year is to stay healthy".

Other Key Players
Tyler Whitmire (OL)


The Bobcat defense will be a very talented group in 2008. Orangefield has 8 starters back on defense from last year's unit that allowed 30 points per game. The defense will be playing with a year of varsity experience under their belt and that should result in better performances in 2008. The ‘Cats will have a strong LB crew with junior Jacob Felts along with Josh Juneau. Felts was a dominating force defensively last season as he recorded 107 tackles during his sophomore campaign and that earned him an all-district selection. Another all-district pick that returns is DE Luke Gunstream. Also look for Orangefield to field a strong defensive line led by DTs Michael Lindsey and Shawn Bodin.

Other Key Players
Derrick Evans (DB/K)
Steven Stone (DL)

Orangefield opens their 2008 season at home against the East Chambers Buccaneers in Week 0. The next week they take on the Buna Cougars in a rivalry game that dates back decades. Week 2 will see the Bobcats travel to Liberty to face the Panthers. These two teams had some great playoff games in 2002 and 2003 and we expect the same when they hook up on September 12. The non-district schedule winds down on September 26 at home as the powerful Newton Eagles come to F.L. McClain Stadium. Orangefield opens 21-3A play on October 10 on the road at Hamshire-Fannett. One of the biggest rivalries in Southeast Texas happens on October 31 when Orangefield and Bridge City meet up for "Bayou Bowl IX." Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the Orangefield Bobcats……

Aug. 29 East Chambers
Sept. 5 Buna
Sept. 12 @ Liberty
Sept. 19 @ Tarkington
Sept. 26 Newton
Oct. 3 OPEN
Oct. 10 @ Hamshire-Fannett*
Oct. 17 Hardin-Jefferson*
Oct. 24 @ Silsbee*
Oct. 31 Bridge City*
Nov. 7 @ West Orange-Stark*

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