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2017-11-16

District Champion Bobcats defeat Nueces Canyon 72-24

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

The Medina Bobcats secured their second consecutive District 9-1A-DI 6-man football championship, finishing the 2017 regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. The Bobcats disposed of the Nueces Canyon Panthers 72-24 at halftime in the regular season finale for both teams played on Friday, Nov. 10, at Bobcat Stadium in Medina. The District Champion Bobcats will now face the 9-1 Zephyr Bulldogs in a rematch of last season’s bi-district playoff matchup won by the powerful Bulldogs. This Friday, Nov. 17, the Bobcats and Bulldogs will meet again in the bi-district round of the playoffs to be played at Eden with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
The Bobcats closed out the Nueces Canyon Panther encounter at halftime when Caleb McHaney returned a Panther kickoff back 50 yards for touchdown with only 4 seconds remaining in the half to bring the score to 72-24 and end the game on the 45-point mercy rule. The Panthers had scored with 15 seconds remaining in the half to bring the score to 66-24 but the Bobcats had no intention of taking the game into the second half as McHaney took the ensuing kickoff, started to his left and cut back to his right and took it all the way for the game-ending score and a second straight Bobcat District Championship.
The Bobcats exploded for five first-quarter touchdowns in taking an early 38-8 lead and tacked on five more TDs in the second quarter to put the game away. First period Bobcat scores included a Brady Clark 3-yard TD reception from Andrew Ayala, a 3-yard run by J.R. Gonzalez, a 33-yard TD reception by McHaney from Ayala, a McHaney 24-yard run and a 20-yard run by Gonzalez. Bobcat placekicker Dock Faglie successfully converted on four of five 2-point PAT kicks to add to the Bobcat offensive effort in the first period. Second quarter Bobcat scoring plays included a Gonzalez 45-yard TD run, a McHaney 25-yard run, a Gonzalez 25-yard scamper, a Clark 2-yard run and McHaney’s 50-yard game-ending kickoff return. Faglie added a pair of 2-point conversion kicks in the second period to help secure the Bobcats halftime win against the Panthers. The Bobcats ran 27 offensive plays in scoring 10 touchdowns in the first half of play.
Offensively, McHaney led Bobcat rushers with 108 yards and two TDs on eight carries while Gonzalez tacked on 103 yards and four TDs in seven attempts. Clark added two yards and a TD on one rushing attempt. In the passing department, Ayala finished 2 of 2 for 36 yards and two touchdowns while Gonzalez also completed 2 of 2 passes for 52 yards and McHaney 2 of 3 for 42 yards. Bobcat receivers included McHaney with 3 catches for 85 yards and a TD, Ayala (1-30), Gonzalez (1-12) and Clark (1-3-TD). Defensively, the Bobcats were led by McHaney with 6 tackles, Faglie with 5.5, Ayala 5 and Austen Jankoski with 2.5 and a sack. Jose Ortiz added a pair of interceptions to assist the Bobcat defense against the Panthers.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie commented on the Bobcats’ high-powered performance against Nueces Canyon, their perfect 7-0, 3-0 regular season, their second consecutive District Championship and the road ahead in the playoffs beginning with the powerful Zephyr Bulldogs this Friday night at Eden.
“I am really proud of our effort against Nueces Canyon and it was great to finish the game the way we did. Caleb’s run (KO Ret) made a statement for this team. That’s who we are. We were not going to let this game go into the second half. We did exactly what we had to do to win. But we’re not finished yet. It’s great being 10-0 and District Champs but we are looking for more this year and we are looking forward to our matchup with Zephyr this week. We want Zephyr. Ever since last year when they embarrassed us in the opening round of the playoffs, we have wanted the Zephyr Bulldogs again. Our kids are hungry for it and look forward to getting out there and playing to win,” Faglie remarked.