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Bobcats shut out Lecanto

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The Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe Day School continued their winning ways with a 36-0 victory over the Warriors of Seven Rivers Christian from Lecanto on Friday night at Corry Field. The Bobcats also recorded their second consecutive shutout, limiting the visitors from Citrus County to 52 yards of total offense, and now stand at 2-0 on the young season. Pre-game activities featured a dedication by the Bobcats to Josh Wilder, a teammate and friend who lost his life this summer in an automobile accident. Josh’s parents, Bob and Lisa Wilder, were presented a game ball signed by the team and the 2013 season was dedicated to his memory. During the season, the player who exhibits the greatest work ethic each week will wear Josh’s No. 9 jersey for that week’s game. Also, the crowd enjoyed music by the Shanks Middle School band.

After kicking off to Seven Rivers and holding them to a three-and-out, Munroe stalled at the Warrior’s 10-yard line. Another strong defensive effort gave the Bobcats the ball at their own 41, but on the first play from scrimmage, Warrior Linebacker Josh Iwaniec intercepted a screen pass and returned it to the Bobcat 8-yard line. The Bobcat defenders stiffened and held Seven Rivers on downs, seizing the momentum. From there, Munroe moved to their 37 where Wingback Bo Bailey would open the scoring on a nifty 63-yard run. After the 2-point conversion pass from Quarterback Will Harris to Receiver Cole Skipper, the Bobcats led 8-0 and the Warriors would get no closer than midfield for the remainder of the game. 

Munroe kept the momentum and scored on their next three possessions. After Defensive End Max Baroody blocked a punt and Linebacker Joey Sloan recovered at the 9-yard line, Wingback Jaylen Lewis plowed through the Warrior defenders with a 3-yard touchdown run (Harris to Wingback Myles Edwards for the 2-point conversion) to extend the lead to 16-0. Another three-and-out set up the Bobcats at the Warrior 49-yard line where Edwards would take an option pitch and race 49 yards for another score (Skipper kick) and the first half ended with the hosts leading 23-0. The Bobcats returned the second half kick to their own 42. After driving to the visitors’ 15, Harris hit Skipper on a slip screen for the score (Skipper kick). The two teams would trade punts and on Munroe’s ensuing possession, Lewis would complete the scoring on a 47-yard scamper (kick failed) for the final margin of 36-0.

The staunch Bobcat defense was led by Joey Sloan and Max Baroody with 12 and eight tackles respectively. Safety Nolan Haire had his second interception of the season. Offensively, the ground attack was the story, as the Bobcats amassed 353 rushing yards on 25 attempts for a 14.1 yards/rush average. Leading rushers were Bo Bailey (5/112 yards), Jaylen Lewis (6/73 yards), Daniel Winburn (6/52 yards), and Myles Edwards (1/49 yards). Through the air, the Bobcats gained 52 yards on the night. Will Harris was 4/10 passing and Cole Skipper had three receptions for 44 yards. 

“Our defense has been very stingy thus far,” said Bobcat Coach Danny Hood. “I’m very pleased with our running success tonight. Our line is getting off the ball with good feet, our quarterback is making the proper reads and our backs are running with authority!”

The Bobcats return to Corry Field this Friday for a matchup with Northside Methodist Academy from Dothan, Ala. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.