Friday night lights gridiron action was live on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium and the hometown Hope Bobcats hosted a powerful and tough Watson Chapel Wildcats team for week 6 of high school football action in their 5A South Conference duel.

Friday night lights gridiron action was live on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium and the hometown Hope Bobcats hosted a powerful and tough Watson Chapel Wildcats team for week 6 of high school football action in their 5A South Conference duel.

A Bobcat team haunted by a load of key players out due to injury would have a major affect and Hope suffered their toughest loss of the season handed by a charging Watson Chapel squad 68-0. The Bobcats remain without a win and fall to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Wildcats improve to 3-0 in conference and 4-2 overall.

The charging Wildcats made nine trips into the end zone and surpassed their biggest winning margin of 51 points to 68 in their victory for their football program against the Bobcats in Hope.

The Bobcats took the first possession of their contest to begin football action on their own 20-yard line, but the Wildcats went to work early defensively. Watson Chapel's Javeon Jackson intercepted the Cats' pass attempt at the 11:17 mark and the Wildcats had possession from Hope's 34-yard line. Berkarian Black got an first down pass reception from QB Devin Curry, the Omar Allen ran it in for a 7-yard touchdown score at the 10:57 mark and scored the 2-point conversion to give Watson Chapel a 7-0 lead. The Bobcats' offense started to gain some momentum on drives.

Quarterback Hunter Hellums gained yardage on a QB keeper, then completed a first down pass reception to Jaloni Davis to move the Bobcats to the 36-yard line at the 10:05 mark. But, the Watson Chapel defense struck again effectively with Jackson making his second interception at the 9:17 mark and the Wildcats regain back possession from Hope's 48-yard line. A key first down off a pass interference on Hope brought the Wildcats to the 30-yard line at the 8:34 mark.

Allen picked up three first down running drives to the 10-yard line. Then, QB Curry completed a 10-yard touchdown pass reception to receiver Jaylen Williams and Collin Branch scored the 2-point conversion to put Watson Chapel ahead 16-0 at the 7:00 mark.

Bobcats tried to make some offense work with Hellums completing a pass reception to Jerrell Henry at the 6:11 mark, but later forced to punt on downs at the 5:33 mark to the Wildcats. Watson Chapel struck again and Allen marched into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run with 2-point conversion successful by Williams on a reception to give the Wildcats a 24-0 lead over Hope at the 3:21 mark.

Still in the opening period, Hope's offense couldn't convert on downs from their series of drives and forced to punt at the 2:33 mark. Watson Chapel continued to make their sparks to convert on a first down run by Dedtron Parks to the 43-yard line in Hope's territory. QB Curry took it in for the touchdown on the keeper for 43 yards at the 1:50 mark and 2-point conversion successful finished out the first period with Watson Chapel leading Hope, 32-0.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats struck for one trip into the end zone at the 6:12 mark off a 20 -yard touchdown run by Allen and PAT good gave the visiting Wildcats an 39-0 lead. The Cats had some key defensive stops in the quarter, with a fumble recovery by Jonathan Mendoza, but Watson Chapel answered right back with another INT from Jackson. At halftime, Watson Chapel led Hope, 39-0.

In the second half, the Wildcats extended their margin with two end zone trips first at the 9:45 mark from a 45-yard TD run scored by Allen to give Watson Chapel a 45-0 lead. Then, Rickey Farver put the Wildcats up 52-0 off a 5-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds to end the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Wildcats defense added some points to their lead off a big defensive stop in the end zone for a safety at the 10:35 mark to give Watson Chapel a 54-0 lead. The Wildcats then returned the kickoff for a touchdown by Black and PAT good to give W.C. a 61-0 advantage at the 9:00 mark. More troubles haunted the Cats as a fumble occurred and the W.C. recovered to take possession at the 5:49 mark.

The Wildcats made their last and final trip into the end zone off a 12-yard run scored by running back Deantae Cooper at the 4:20 mark and PAT good to give Watson Chapel their 68-0 victory.

The Bobcats will look to continue to fight back next week for conference play on the road against the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams. Kickoff at 7 p.m. in Lakeside.