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Bobcats roar with 81-54 victory at Cherokee

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

The Medina Bobcats, down 46-43 at the half, roared back with 38 second half points while limiting the Cherokee Indians to a single score in the final two periods to earn a hard fought 81-54 victory in the 2017 6-man football opener played on Friday, September 1 at Cherokee.
It was a huge victory for the Bobcats who were overwhelmed by the Indians 54-6 just a year ago in Medina. The game this year had a playoff type atmosphere and the Bobcats, with their high-scoring offense and hard-hitting defense indicated that they are more than ready for the challenges of 2017. This week, on Friday, September 8, the Bobcats are home to host the Rochelle Hornets on Senior Night in Medina. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie spoke of the significance of the early season Bobcat/Indian encounter. “It was really a big deal and, for our team, was really awesome. They are a rough and tough team and this was the most physical game we have ever played in. Our kids showed a lot of poise on the road against a team that “embarrassed” them at home last year, and they are excited about the remainder of the season,” Faglie remarked. “It was a wild night and we were the first ones to bring the punch,” Faglie added.
At Cherokee, the Bobcats struck for eleven total touchdowns that included ten offensive scores and one kickoff return for another score. J.R. Gonzalez led the Bobcat offensive attack with 322 total yards that included 189 yards rushing with three touchdowns and 110 yards passing with one touchdown pass. Bryan Keese completed 3 of 4 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown for Medina. Cameron Rambin rumbled for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns to compliment Gonzalez’ effort against the Indians while Caleb McHaney punched out 70 yards rushing and ran a kickoff back for another Bobcat touchdown. The Bobcats gained 166 yards through the air with Andrew Ayala leading the way with two touchdown receptions in the red zone. Ayala also ran for another score to finish the day with three total touchdowns. Other Bobcat receivers included McHaney with 2 receptions for 39 yards, Jacob Hinds (2-49), Brady Clark (1-5), Gonzalez (1-23) and Greg Selement (1-33). Gonzalez added to the Bobcat scoring with 7 of ten PAT kicks (2 points each) and 1 for 1 on the one-point run.
Leading the defensive charge for the Bobcats was Joe Ortiz with 17 total tackles (10 solo), Brady Clark (15-8), Andrew Ayala (11-6) and McHaney (10-6). Next week, on Friday, September 15, the Bobcats will travel to Bulverde to take on Bracken Christian with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.