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Bobcat defense roars in 37-16 victory over Eagles

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

The Medina Bobcats extended their 2017 season win.

The Medina Bobcats improved their season mark to a perfect 5-0 as the roaring Bobcat defense smothered the offensive efforts of the previously undefeated Fredericksburg Heritage Eagles in taking a hard fought 37-16 victory in week five of 6-man football action played on Friday, September 29 at Bobcat Stadium in Medina.
The Bobcat defense, improving every week under the direction of Bobcat defensive coordinator Jeremy Phillips, limited the Eagles to 8 points in the first half and 8 in the second half while the Bobcat offense took a 21-8 lead at halftime before striking for a pair of second half touchdowns to put the game away at 37-16. In the past 6 quarters of play, the Bobcat defense has given up a total of 16 points. Last week, the Bobcats shut out the Tribe Consolidated Warriors in the second half of a 58-25 Medina win at Tribe.
The Bobcats opened the scoring against the Eagles when J.R. Gonzalez hooked up with Caleb McHaney on a first quarter 34-yard touchdown pass and followed with a successful PAT to give the Bobcats an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles answered with a 46-yard TD pass but were unable to convert on the PAT attempt and the Bobcats held on to a slim 7-6 margin late in the opening period. The Bobcats struck right back as Gonzalez broke loose on a 52-yard touchdown run to put the Bobcats up 13-6 at the start of the second quarter. The Eagle defense scored 2 points on a safety to make it 13-8 but the Bobcats once again responded with a Bryan Keese-to-Austin Jankoski touchdown pass from six yards out. The Bobcats tacked on a 2-point conversion to take a 21-8 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats defense kept up their aggressive, physical play in the second half, allowing only a single Eagle score and the Bobcat offense, powered by running back Caleb McHaney, added a pair of touchdowns to secure the Bobcat victory with a final score of 37-16. McHaney, a Bobcat two-way starter, scored both Bobcat second half touchdowns on runs of 48 and 40 yards. McHaney totaled 170 yards of offense for the Bobcats that included 8 rushes for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns and 4 receptions for 67 yards and another TD. McHaney also completed 1 of 1 passes for 6 yards. Gonzalez rushed 10 times for 96 yards and a touchdown while completing 5 of 6 passes for 34 yards and a score. Keese completed 4 of 7 passes for 15 yards and a Bobcat score. Cameron Rambin added 28 yards on 4 rushing attempts. Jankoski finished with 3 catches for 8 yards and a touchdown.
The Bobcat defensive attack was led by Jankoski, Brady Clark, McHaney and Rambin. Jankoski totaled 14 tackles in the game while Clark (12), McHaney (11) and Rambin (11) joined in to record double figures on defensive stops against Fredericksburg.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie was quick to praise the Bobcat defense and defensive coordinator Jeremy Phillips for their continuing improvement from week to week and also had a few complimentary remarks about the remainder of the Bobcat team. “It was a great defensive battle and I couldn’t be prouder of our defense and Coach Phillips for the improvement they show every week. Jeremy has done a great job since he has been here and the players have bought in to a new system that certainly works for them,” Faglie said. Faglie also had high praise for some Bobcat impact players including McHaney, Gonzalez and Jankoski and Clark. “McHaney is our most explosive player this year with 347 yards rushing and an equal 347 yards receiving. He’s averaging 13.9 yards per carry and 24.7 yards per reception. J.R. has rushed for 716 yards and passed for 475 yards and keeps it all together for us offensively. Jankoski is our defensive leader and keeps coming up with big plays to help us win games. Brady is playing with a broken hand but still has a big role in our defensive scheme. I can’t wait to see him when is healthy again,” Faglie remarked.
The Bobcats will be looking to make it six straight on Saturday, October 7 when they travel to Bracken in San Antonio for a 2:00 p.m. matchup against Fayette County. Next week, the Bobcats will close out the non-district portion of the season against Abilene Christian on Saturday, October 14 at Eden. Kickoff at Eden will be at 2:00 p.m.