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Zephyr tops Medina 58-32 in Bi-district playoff

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

The Zephyr Bulldogs put an end to the Medina Bobcats perfect season with a 58-32 victory in bi-district 6-man football playoff action played on Friday, Nov. 17, at Eden. The victory by the Bulldogs improves their overall record to 10-1 and sends them on to the Area round of the playoffs while the District 9-1A-DI Champion Bobcats, who finished the regular season at a remarkable 10-0, including 3-0 in district play, suffered their only loss of the 2017 campaign to finish the season with an overall record of 10-1. The other 9-1A-DI playoff entry, Lometa Hornets, were crushed by the Jonesboro Eagles 64-14 in their bi-district playoff matchup, played last Friday night.
Against the Bulldogs, the Bobcats’ Caleb McHaney led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns, while J.R. Gonzalez carried 14 times for 110 yards and another Medina score. Cameron Rambin added 18 yards on 5 attempts to add to the Medina rushing effort against the Bulldogs. In the passing department, Andrew Ayala completed 6 of 7 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown to Jacob Hinds while Gonzalez completed 3 of 8 for 85 yards and a 50-yard touchdown pass to McHaney. McHaney also completed 4 of 9 passes for 75 yards.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie expressed pride in the Bobcats’ effort against the powerful Bulldogs, as well as their accomplishments all season long.
“ I couldn’t be more proud of the kids and their effort the entire season,” Faglie said. “We ran into a really good Zephyr team and overall they were a better football team that were bigger and stronger than we are. We played them close, getting to within four points at 36-32 going into the fourth quarter, but eventually the bigger, stronger team prevailed. The second half was a lot closer than the score indicated. We also hurt ourselves with four turnovers and you just can’t do that against a team like Zephyr,” Faglie explained.
The Bobcats will lose 8 seniors to graduation in the Spring but will return 16 lettermen for the fall season. In the meantime, the Bobcats and their coaches will be looking forward to another successful season and a return trip to the playoffs in 2018.