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Bobcats pound Bulldogs at Eden 86-36

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

Courtesy of Nikki Sandidge, Runnin N Photography
The Medina Bobcats hit the field carrying American flags at the Homecoming game. The flags were donated to the MISD by the American Legion Post 157.

The Medina Bobcats extended their perfect season to nine games, including a district leading 2-0, following their 86-36 pounding of the Eden Bulldogs in 6-man football action played on Friday, November 3, at Eden. The victory by the Bobcats, ranked #18 in the State (1A-D1-6-man), moves them one game away from their second consecutive District 9-1A-DI Championship and a return to the post-season playoffs. Despite their 9-0, 2-0 record, the Bobcats have not yet clinched a playoff berth but all will be decided this Friday night, November 10, when the Bobcats play host to the 2-7, 1-1 Nueces Canyon Panthers in the district finale at Bobcat Stadium in Medina. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. The remaining 9-1A-DI matchup on Friday has the Lometa Hornets (6-3, 1-1) at the Eden Bulldogs (4-5, 1-1). Lometa defeated Nueces Canyon 50-2 in last weeks’ district encounter at Lometa.
The Bobcats opened the scoring at Eden when J.R. Gonzalez connected with Caleb McHaney on a 45-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs answered with a 5-yard TD run and 2-point conversion to go up 8-6 but the Bobcats responded with a Cameron Rambin 4-yard run for a TD and 2-point conversion to go up 14-8. The Bulldogs then took a 16-14 lead on a 1-yard TD run and successful 2-point attempt before the Bobcats closed out the first quarter with a pair of scores to go up 27-16 going into the second period. Rambin scored his second TD of the night from 6-yards out to make it 21-16 Bobcats before Austen Jankoski returned a Bulldog punt 47 yards for a Medina touchdown and a 27-16 Bobcat advantage. Early in the second quarter the Bobcats extended their lead to 34-16 when Gonzalez and McHaney hooked up on another deep pass of 54 yards and a Medina touchdown. The scrappy Bulldogs answered once again with a 22-yard pass for a TD to bring the score to 34-22 Bobcats. In the remainder of the second period, the teams exchanged touchdowns to bring the halftime score to 40-30 in favor of Medina. As they have done time and time again, the Bobcat coaches made their adjustments at halftime and the players responded by dominating the second half of play on both sides of the ball. The Bobcats struck for four third quarter scores and two more in the fourth period while limiting the Bulldogs to a single second half score in securing an 86-36 at Eden. Bobcat third quarter scores included a 35-yard TD run by McHaney, a 70-yard TD run by Rambin, a McHaney 22-yard TD run and a 23-yard TD run by Gonzalez. Bobcat fourth quarter scores included a pair of touchdown runs by Gonzalez (5 yds) and McHaney (8 yds) to close out the Medina scoring against the Bulldogs.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie heaped praise on the Bobcat team for their outstanding effort and spoke of the turning point in the game. “We had a ten point lead early in the third and they were in a scoring position when Austen Jankoski made a play that turned the game around. On fourth down, Jankoski sailed out and knocked down a pass intended for an open Bulldog receiver in the end zone. From that point on, it was all Medina,” Faglie explained. “We really turned it up in the second half and McHaney had the game of his life. He was our leading rusher, our leading receiver and our leading tackler,” Faglie said.
McHaney rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 8 carries and had 3 receptions for 104 yards and two more scores to lead the Bobcat offensive attack against the Bulldogs. Rambin added 99 yards and three touchdowns on 6 carries while Gonzalez tacked on 89 yards and 2 touchdowns to the Bobcat rushing total of 322 yards. Passing stats had Gonzalez completing 2 of 3 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns while Andrew Ayala hit on 2 of 2 for 37 yards and McHaney 1 of 3 for 5 yards. Bobcat receivers included McHaney (3-104-2TD), Jose Ortiz (1-32) and Gonzalez (1-5). Dock Faglie booted 6 of 8 two-point conversions to add to the Bobcat offensive effort. McHaney led the Bobcat defensive effort with 8.5 total tackles along with Rambin (7.5), Jankoski (7.5) and Brady Clark (3.5, 3FF, Int).