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CRAWFORD â€“ One word could describe the playing conditions around the state Friday night â€“ sloppy.
At East Oktibbehaâ€™s home opener against the Sebastopol Bobcats, the poor conditions troubled the Titans throughout the game, contributing to their 37-0 loss.
There was a weather delay in pre-game that caused kickoff to be put off for 20 minutes.
Despite an early drive downfield to open the first quarter, the Titans failed to convert on a fourth down deep in Sebastopol territory. Two plays later, junior tailback Colton Tharp broke away for an 87-yard touchdown run to put the Bobcats ahead 7-0 with 6:52 left in the first quarter.
After fumbling on their next drive at their own 45-yard line, the Titans got the ball back a few plays later as freshman Mario Thomas recovered a Sebastopol fumble at the 21-yard line. However, the East Oktibbeha offense couldnâ€™t come up with a score, punting the ball back to Sebastopol to end the first quarter.
â€ś(In) the first few drives, we came off pretty good on offense,â€ť said East Oktibbeha head coach John Davis. â€śSome of our guys got hurt and shaken up, and then we went down on the scoreboard. Once we got down, it just became hard to come back.â€ť
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