Yellow Jackets defeat R.C. Hatch

By SHANE GAUT / For the Reporter

UNIONTOWN — The Vincent Yellow Jackets rolled into Uniontown Friday night and won a battle in the trenches to defeat the Bobcats of R.C. Hatch, 46-30.

Hatch quarterback Deroderick Norfleet led the Bobcats seventy eight yards down the field on their opening drive, capping it off with a nine yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones giving Hatch their only lead of the night.

The Yellow Jackets were quick to answer as Damauntey Johnson threw his first touchdown pass of the night for twenty nine yards with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter. The Vincent defense forced a Bobcat punt on the ensuing drive and the Yellow Jackets capitalized again, this time on a nine yard touchdown scamper by running back ShaCorry Lilly making the score 13-6.

The Bobcats returned the favor with a forty five yard touchdown pass from Norfleet to Marcus Tabb which cut the lead to one point,13-12, after a failed PAT.

The Bobcats wouldn’t get any closer as the Yellow Jackets began flexing their muscles on defense. Ryan Kelow intercepted Norfleet for a pick-six to create a half time score of 21-12.

Vincent went on to score touchdowns on four out of their next five drives. The last score and perhaps the most impressive play of the game involved some trickery where quarterback Damauntey Johnson tossed a quick pass to Chris Brown in the flat, who then threw a 47-yard bomb to a wide open Ryan Kelow who walked in the end zone, giving the Yellow Jackets a 46-12 lead with one minute left in the third quarter.

Vincent head coach Zeb Ellison said “we took awhile to warm up tonight but we came out in the second half, really executed well and were able to pull away.”

With such a large lead, Vincent began substituting second and third string players during the fourth quarter and Hatch took advantage by scoring two touchdowns and getting a safety to make the final score 46-30.

Hatch head coach Jammie Abraham said, “it’s plain and simple. We got whooped by a better team tonight. Our boys need to be more disciplined and I see some late practices ahead.”