The Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe traveled to Gainesville this past Friday evening to take on the Eagles of Oak Hall. The visiting Bobcats began the game by kicking off and forcing a fumble at midfield that was recovered by defensive tackle Casey Warming.
The Bobcats crisply moved the ball to the Eagle’s 3-yard line, highlighted by a 27-yard run by John Dayton Jones, but eventually turned the ball over on downs when they were unable to punch the ball across the goal line. Oak Hall then proceeded to drive the ball the length of the field and scored what would be the only points for either team in the first half.
After receiving the kick to start the second half, disaster struck on the first play from scrimmage when the snap from center sailed over the head of quarterback Myles Edwards and into the end zone. The ball was recovered by Oak Hall for the score, and Munroe once more found themselves in the all-too-familiar position of having to play catch-up.
The Bobcats finally broke into the scoring column in the third quarter on a 32-yard pass from Myles Edwards to Bo Bailey and trailed 14-6 to close within striking distance. Oak Hall would widen the gap with another score in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 21-6.
With time against them, the Bobcats took the ensuing kickoff, drove 70 yards and scored on a 12-yard Edwards-to-Kyle Skipper pass. Edwards then ran for the 2-point conversion, but a questionable procedure call negated the effort and the Bobcats failed on the next attempt from 5 yards farther back.
The game ended with an unsuccessful onsides kick, and Oak Hall ran out the remaining seconds for the victory.
Despite the loss, the Bobcats played much better ball defensively, causing five Oak Hall turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions) and were led by strong efforts from defensive end John Dayton Jones and linebacker Zach Helms.
However, two fumbles of their own, several penalties and an inconsistent running game helped prevent Munroe from attaining their second victory of the season. The Bobcats return to Godby Field this Friday for their final home game of the season against John Paul II.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm EST. The game is also designated as Senior Night and will honor seniors John Dayton Jones, Zach Helms, Jordan Curry and Vince Fioramanti in their final home performance.