Bobo hauls in 3 touchdowns as Eagles finish season with win over Hazel Green
By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer
NORTH SHELBY–Oak Mountain senior quarterback Connor Webb and senior tight end Carson Bobo both had nights to remember as they, along with several other Eagles, suited up for the final time in their high school careers and came away victorious in an exciting 36-29 win over the Hazel Green Trojans on senior night at Heardmont Park on Friday, Nov. 3.
Webb tossed three touchdown passes to Bobo on the night as the Eagles racked up 380 yards of offense and no turnovers to finish the season on a winning note.
After upsetting Spain Park one week prior, the Eagles were looking to continue the momentum against the Trojans and finish the season strong.
After both teams traded punts to start the game, Oak Mountain began a drive with good field position and running back Luke Percer helped lead the Eagles down the field with several good runs. Percer eventually took a toss around the right side and scored from 2-yards out to make it 7-0 Oak Mountain with 21 seconds left in the first quarter.
After being stagnant the entire first quarter offensively, Hazel Green finally got things going to open the second quarter.
Less than 20 seconds into the second quarter, Hazel Green quarterback Jordan Seymour launched a deep ball and wide receiver Devin Harvey made the grab and took it 73-yards to the end zone.
Rather than kick the extra point, the Trojans elected to go for two and were successful after Seymour threw a jump pass to Walter Pike to put Hazel Green up 8-7.
Oak Mountain went three-and-out on its next offensive possession and the Eagles needed a big play from its defense to shift momentum.
After moving the ball into Oak Mountain territory, Seymour threw a pass that was deflected and intercepted by Eagles’ defensive back Garrison Frisch.
The Eagles responded after the turnover as Webb threw his first touchdown pass of the night to Bobo for 31-yards to put Oak Mountain back on top. The Eagles also converted the two-point conversion on a pass from Webb to Bobo to go up 15-8 at halftime.
Leading by one touchdown to open the third quarter, Oak Mountain was efficient on its opening drive of the second half. Facing a third-and-6 at the Hazel Green 40-yard line, Webb dumped off a screen pass to Bobo as he rumbled his way down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown run to make it 22-8 Eagles.
A big sequence in the game came on Hazel Green’s opening possession of the second half. Seymour attempted to float a pass near the sideline but waiting under it was Oak Mountain safety Dylan Hoye to intercept it to give the ball back to the Eagles offense.
On the very first play following the turnover, Oak Mountain running back Jonathan Bennett burst through the line for a 42-yard touchdown run to make it 29-8 with 7:50 to go in the third quarter.
Trailing by three scores, the Trojans never backed down as Seymour rebounded from the turnover to lead a long drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by the quarterback to make it 29-15 with 4:14 to go in the third quarter.
After a three-and-out, the Trojans got the ball back and early in the fourth quarter drove the ball deep into Oak Mountain territory.
After a nice run by Seymour, Oak Mountain was flagged for a late hit out of bounds on the quarterback that put the ball at the Eagles 4-yard line. The Trojans took advantage as wide receiver Deontae Beauchamp ran it in from 4-yards out to cut the Eagles lead to 29-22 with 9:03 to go in the game.
Desperately needing a spark on offense, the Webb-Bobo duo came through again, as Webb threw a jump ball in the end zone to his big target and Bobo snatched the ball high out of the air for the 20-yard touchdown. This put the Eagles up 36-22 with 4:57 left in the game. Bobo finished the game with four receptions for 91 yards.
When asked about Bobo after the game, Oak Mountain head coach Cris Bell said he thinks he’s one of the best tight ends around.
“Carson is by far I think the best tight end in the state of Alabama,” Bell said. “He was a late bloomer but he’s a kid that can play anywhere. He can play inside, he can play outside and he’s just a heck of a football player and an even better kid.”
After a big kickoff return to the Oak Mountain 35-yard line, Hazel Green took advantage of the good field position, as a couple plays later Seymour scored from 4-yards out on a quarterback keeper to make it 36-29 with 2:13 to go in the game.
After successfully recovering the Hazel Green onside kick, Oak Mountain needed a first down to put the game away. Running backs Connor Wilson and Bennett both picked up first downs as the Trojans were unable to stop the clock and the Eagles came away with the 36-29 victory.
The win gave Oak Mountain a two-game win streak and the Eagles finished the season with a 5-5 record.
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