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Bobcats upset Indians with O/T victory

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer

The young and eager Medina Bobcats came from behind in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime before upsetting the home team Cherokee Indians 68-60 in classic 6-man football action played on Friday, Oct. 2. With the victory, the Bobcats improved their overall record to 3-3 while the Indians fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Medina Head Coach Mark Coley praised his young team following their remarkable victory against the Indians. "We played great! It was a classic six man game. We were ahead and then we were behind. We would catch up and then would fall behind again. We made mistakes and overcame them because we kept playing hard the whole game. We tied it up 60-60 with 36 seconds left in the game and then won it in overtime," said an excited Coley.
"Our kids had never been in an overtime game before so it was a great experience for them. Overtime games don't happen very often in 6-man ball. We hope to be able to build from this game. Cherokee is a good team and we were 44 to 45 point underdogs according to the two major 6-man polls," Coley said.
Jason Ross led the Bobcat offensive attack with 264 yards and six touchdowns rushing while Baley Wickham added 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns to the Bobcat rushing totals.
In the passing department, Bobcat starter JR Gonzalez hit on five of 16 throws for 61 yards while Ross went four for four for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Bobcat receivers included Devyn Parks (1-10), Wickham (2-15), Bryan Keese (1-50-TD), Gonzalez (1-7), Caleb McHaney (1-24), Chris Orvis (1-16) and Ross (1-4).
Bobcat placekicker Nate Armstrong was good on seven of nine PAT attempts.
The Bobcat defense was led by Wickham with 11 solo and 14 assisted tackles. McHaney finished the game with four solo, eight assists and an interception to end the game in overtime. Andrew Ayala had one solo and 14 assists while Zach Simons contributed one solo and 10 assists to the Medina defensive effort at Cherokee.
The Bobcats continue non-district play this Friday, Oct. 9 with a home game against the 6-1 Evant Elks. Kickoff at Bobcat Stadium will be at 7:30 pm. The Bobcats will have an open date on Friday, Oct. 16. District play begins Friday, Oct. 23 at home against Rochelle.