E.A. Sports Today

Bearcats show balance

Weaver dumps Ohatchee with speed, tough defense and players on both sides of the ball capable of big plays

Weaver's Robert Gaines (4) stretches out to haul in a pass against the defense of Ohatchee's Baylee Graham Thursday night. On the cover, Weaver's Shamar Spinks breaks off a run. (Photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE -- Last year Ohatchee and Weaver made it to the Final Four of the northern half of the Class 3A playoff bracket. They would have played each other had both won their state quarterfinal games.

It didn’t happen, but Thursday night at Jacksonville State county high school football fans got a glimpse, if somewhat muted, what that game might have looked like.

The Bearcats, 9-4 last year, exacted a little revenge from their regular-season loss to Ohatchee, battling past the Indians 28-14 in a game that lasted three quarters before the second units got time on the field in the fourth quarter. Of course, the seniors from last fall’s teams were not eligible to play.

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