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Bobcats roll 41-22 over North Bay Haven

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By Ben Calhoun

This was the one they had been waiting for — the players, parents and fans alike. After beginning the season 0 - 4, the Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe won their first game of the 2012 season Friday night at Godby Field. And they did it in grand fashion, scoring a season-high 41 points and avoiding the turnover bug that has plagued them through the first four contests.

The capacity crowd on this Homecoming evening was treated to a game that featured an offense hitting on all cylinders, and a defense that came into its own. It was a game that featured many outstanding players, with Myles Edwards, Jordan Curry and John Dayton Jones leading the way. Edwards, the junior signal-caller, rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown and was 15 of 18 passing with 252 yards and four scores. Curry, the Bobcat’s versatile running back/line back accounted for 191 total yards. The senior stand-out gained 111 yards receiving with two touchdowns and also rushed for 80 yards. Jones led the RFM defenders, as the senior defensive lineman lived in the North Bay Haven backfield and made several key stops.

“It’s good to finally get a win! The boys deserve it,” said RFM Head Coach Danny Hood. “We need some momentum as we prepare for the second half of the season.”

In addition to being elated with the offensive outburst, the coaching staff was pleased with the efforts of the young Bobcat defense.

“I think they’re finally starting to get it and were able to execute the way we need them to,” said RFM Defensive Coordinator Billy Rhodes. “It was good to see the light come on!”

The Bobcats will need to continue with their offensive output and newfound defensive tenacity. Up next is Aucilla Christian — the Bobcats’ fiercest rival. The Warriors from the little hamlet just east of Monticello are off to a strong start this season at 3-1, averaging 47 points per game, and are also undefeated in conference play.

They feature the big-play combination of quarterback Wes Smyrnios and wide receiver Jared Jackson, while the defense is anchored by line back Gus Smyrnios. The two teams will clash at 7 p.m. EST Friday in Aucilla.