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Bobcat Offense Shows Its Stuff in 94-48 Victory Over Sidney

November 20, 2012

A cool November evening proved to be just the right temperature for the Newcastle Bobcats’ offense to get hot!!!   The Bobcats ended the game just a little bit early (1:35 in the 4th Quarter) by compiling a grand total of 588 yards of potent offense!  However, there is one odd statistic linked to this 45 point mercy rule beating that deserves a special note!  The losing team – Sidney Eagles – actually gained more yards than the Bobcats with 612 yards!  Ok, that’s still not quite right – one player, #25 Chris Dominguez, carried the ball for the Eagles 27 times and gained 232 yards rushing while scoring 3 touchdowns.  That’s all but 18 of the Eagles rushing yards!  And get this – Mr. Dominguez received credit for all 362 yards of passing offense for the Eagles and 3 more touchdown passes!  Wow! 

HOWEVER…….the Eagles’ defense never stopped the Bobcat offense and the Cats scored every single time they possessed the ball and once when they didn’t possess the ball on Nathan Wilson’s 65 yard pass interception!  That interception was probably the early turning point of the game!  The Bobcat offense juggernaut was led by senior Michael Moreno with 282 yards rushing.  Let’s do a little comparison – Dominguez had 232 yards on 27 carries for an 8.6 yard average per carry!  Not bad…..but Moreno had 282 yards in only 13 carries for a 21.7 yard average!!  Moreno had touchdown runs of 41, 47, 10, 45, and 35 yards!  Advantage – Bobcats!  And then, you add Tyler Mays’ 183 yards rushing on 9 carries for a 20.3 yard per carry average and Preston Hobbs’ 13.3 yards per carry average AND Nathan Wilson’s 11.0 yards per carry average and you come up with a BIG ADVANTAGE for the Bobcats!  The Bobcats only threw the ball three times with two completions for 61 yards!  Of course – they didn’t have to throw the ball because the run game was so effective!  Quite a display!

There’s only one problem with a quick scoring offense – your opponent gets the ball a whole bunch!!  When reviewing these defensive statistics it was obvious that the Bobcats defense is not used to making 58 tackles in a single game!  It’s usually half that amount unless, of course, your offense is scoring every 2.5 offensive plays.  Leading tackler for the Bobcats was Preston Hobbs with 13 tackles – a stellar performance!  It was a very close race for the second leading tackler because Tyler Mays and H.R. Shields each had 10 tackles.  Nathan Wilson added another 9 tackles and Michael Moreno recorded 8 tackles!  Will Lewis added 6 tackles from his safety position and Jesus Espino and Hunter McBride were each credited with a single tackle.  Nathan Wilson and Michael Moreno each had interceptions for the game.

The unit that is often overlooked is the special teams’ players!  In a close game they can make or break a team!  In this game Tyler Mays’ foot absolutely benefitted the Bobcats!  Many of his kickoffs were going into the end zone without a runback and he was nearly perfect (11 out of 12) kicking extra points!  That’s 22 additional points just from Tyler’s toes!

Regretfully, in this season of playoff games, there is no rest for the successful!  There is a new and unique challenge around every single corner!  The Bobcat challenge this week comes in the form of an old rival – the Aspermont Hornets!  The Bobcats have scrimmaged the Hornets but have not played them for the past few years!  Two similar teams will be fighting it out for the area championship.  Game time is 7:30 pm and the game site will be Throckmorton High School.  Once again the Bobcats will be sitting on the home side ,so travel on over to Trock and watch the Bobcats from a little different perspective – the home side of the field!  Let’s go all the way, Bobcats!!


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