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Bobcats fall to Rocky Bayou

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By Ben Calhoun

The Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe were bested by the visiting Knights of Rocky Bayou last Friday at Godby field by the score of 41-18.

While the 0-4 Bobcats scored their season high, they also surrendered the most points they have allowed in four outings.

The game began on a positive note for RFM as they took a 6-0 lead when Myles Edwards powered over the right side of the line from 3 yards out, culminating a drive that featured the rushing efforts of both Edwards and Jordan Curry.

The Bobcat defense held the Knights scoreless as the first quarter concluded. RFM would score again in the second quarter on a Myles Edwards to Jordan Curry 5-yard pass. Rocky Bayou answered with two scores of their own, one a rushing TD by Levi Derry and the other on a pass from QB Tyler Paskell to WR Josh Preston. With that, the Knights took a 14-12 lead into the half.

In the second half, the visitors from Niceville reeled off three consecutive touchdowns by way of the Paskell to Preston combination (the Knights passed for 190 yards and four touchdowns. RFM could only produce one more score as Jordan Curry swept around left end for a 12-yard touchdown. Curry was certainly the “Top Cat” of the night, as the senior running back accounted for 150 total yards and two scores. Rocky Bayou would eventually tack on a late touchdown as running back Derry took a short pass in the left flats and converted it into a 33-yard score (Derry would finish with 202 yards of total offense and two scores on the night).

Once more, the Bobcats were left searching for answers in a game that started off with successful offensive and defensive efforts. Learning to finish has been an elusive quality for the team that features only four seniors. The situation must be quickly remedied, as the schedule doesn’t get any easier. Next up will be the undefeated North Bay Haven Academy from Panama City (FL), a first year school who began their season with an impressive 38-8 victory against Freeport on Sept. 9. Also, the game just happens to be Homecoming for RFM, meaning staying focused amid the pageantry while preparing to compete at a higher level will be paramount if the Bobcats are to break into the win column.

The contest will be held at Godby field, the site of all home games for RFM this season, next Friday at 7:30 pm EST.