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Bobcats rally to defeat Lometa Hornets 47-38

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

Courtesy photo by Tony Simons
Medina running back Caleb McHaney (2) turns on the speed on his way to a Bobcat touchdown against the Lometa Hornets. McHaney led the Bobcat offensive attack with a pair of rushing touchdowns and a TD pass in the Bobcats 47-38 district victory.

The Medina Bobcats, down 38-28 after three quarters of play, rallied for three fourth-quarter touchdowns while shutting down the Lometa Hornet offense to take a hard earned 47-38 victory in the District 9-1A-DI 6-man football opener played on Friday, Oct. 27, at Bobcat Stadium in Medina. The victory by the Bobcats improves their overall record to a perfect 8-0 while starting off the critical district season at 1-0. The Bobcats continue their quest for a second consecutive District Crown this Friday, Nov. 3, when they travel to Eden to take on the 4-4, 0-1 Bulldogs in week 2 of district action. The Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreaking 60-59 loss to the 2-6, 1-0 Nueces Canyon Panthers in their district opener played last Friday and should be ready to defend their home field against the visiting Bobcats on Friday night. Kickoff at Eden will be at 7:30 p.m.
The Bobcats opened the scoring against Lometa when J.R. Gonzalez broke away for a 24-yard touchdown run to give the Bobcats a 6-0 lead that held up at the end of the first quarter. The Hornets struck first in the second period, taking an 8-6 lead on a 6-yard pass for a touchdown followed by a 2-point conversion before the Bobcats’ Caleb McHaney returned a kickoff for 50 yards and a touchdown to retake the lead at 12-8 early in the second period. The Hornets then took to the air for a pair of scores, the first from 5 yards out and the second from 17 yards away, coupled with a pair of 2-point conversions, to take a 12-point lead at 24-12. McHaney then brought the Medina Homecoming crowd to their feet with a 35-yard run for a Bobcat touchdown followed by a 2-point conversion to close the gap to Lometa 24, Medina 20.
The Hornets answered with a 2-yard run for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to again take a 12-point advantage at 32-20 late in the second quarter.
The Bobcats finished the first half strong when McHaney found Andrew Ayala for a 50-yard touchdown pass followed by another 2-point conversion that brought the halftime score to Lometa 32, Medina 28.
As they have done on many occasions this season, the Bobcats made their halftime adjustments and, in the second half, made the plays that made the difference in the game. Lometa went up 38-28 on a third quarter 1-yard TD run and 2-point conversion before the Bobcats defense shut them out for the remainder of the game.
The Bobcats offense rose to the occasion with three fourth quarter touchdowns, a McHaney 15-yard run to bring the score to 38-34 Hornets, a Dakota Nelson 18-yard run to put the Bobcats up 40-38, and a sparkling 55-yard touchdown sprint by Cameron Rambin for the Bobcats final touchdown and a come-from-behind 47-38 district victory.
Gonzalez led Bobcat rushers with 11 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown while McHaney (10-69-2TD), Rambin (3-65-TD), Brady Clark (2-19) and Dakota Nelson (1-18-TD) all contributed to the Bobcats 248 yard rushing total. McHaney also completed 2 of 3 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown while Gonzalez hit on 3 of 3 for 52 yards. Ayala led Bobcat receivers with a pair of catches for 80 yards and a score while Bryan Keese (1-15), McHaney (1-7) and Austen Jankoski (1-3) each had a pass reception for the Bobcats against the Hornets.
The Bobcat defense was led by Jankoski with 16 total tackles while Clark (15), Jose Ortiz (11), McHaney (8-Int) and Rambin(7) contributed heavily to the Bobcat defensive effort against the Hornets. Ayala (3), Chance Dressen (3), Jacob Hinds (3), Gonzalez (1) and Keese (1) also had key stops for the Bobcat defense against Lometa.
Following Friday’s Bobcat/Bulldog encounter at Eden, the Bobcats will begin preparations for next weeks’ district finale against the Nueces Canyon Panthers. The Bobcats will be at home against the Panthers on Friday, Nov. 10, and will be attempting to clinch their second consecutive district championship and a berth in the 2017 post-season playoffs. Kickoff at Bobcat Stadium will be at 7:30 p.m.