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Bobcats end season with loss against Oak Hall

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By Ben Calhoun

The Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe Day School saw their season come to a close against the Eagles of Oak Hall in Gainesville by the score of 47-15. Fittingly, the game was played on Friday the 13th, with the Bobcats suffering several miscues against a 2-7 Eagle team that seemed to find the stride it had been looking for all season.

“We gave up too many big plays and had trouble stopping them on the ground,” said Bobcat head coach Joe Striplin. “We had been much better in that part of the defense over these last few games. Unfortunately, we took a step backward against Oak Hall. Give them a lot of credit. They executed their offense pretty well.”

On the night, the two Bobcats that most stood out defensively were Hunter Welborn, who had 10 tackles, including three for losses, and Trey Pack with seven tackles and an interception.

“Hunter played his best game this evening,” said Striplin. “As a senior, I’m proud that he had such a good effort in his final high school game. We’re sure going to miss him.”

Offensively, the Bobcats found some success through the air, gaining 180 yards and tallying their two scores. On the ground it was a different matter, as the Eagle defense held RFM to 60 yards.

“They really defended the run well,” said Striplin. “We’ve had a lot of success lately with the isolation and the belly, but they just took that away from us.”

As has been their trademark this season, the Bobcats struck quickly on a 65-yard pass from Dustin Watson to Dustin Blake. That would be all of the scoring until the fourth quarter when Watson hit Fletcher Vaughn for 10 yards and a score.

For the evening, Watson was 16 of 26 for 180 yards for two scores and three interceptions. Blake hauled in six passes for 97 and a touchdown and Vaughn also recorded six receptions for 75 yards and a score.

“Yeah, we’re a little down after that game and the way the season ended, but we’re still proud of the turnaround we had over the second half,” said Striplin. “We hope our success will bring some new interest and we’ll have greater participation next year. Combine that, a good off-season program and us returning all of our skill players and I think we have a chance to be much better.”

Striplin was also quick to point out the effect that the fans had on the season.

“I can’t say enough about our fan support this year. Win or lose, we could always hear the crowd chanting, ‘We areeeMunroe’ and it would get us fired up. We really appreciate everybody that came out to cheer us on. It gave us the will to overcome a rough start and finish with a lot of positives,” the coach said.