‘Rare night’ leads to win for RFM Bobcats

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By Ben Calhoun

The lights at Destin Middle School’s football field were bright, indeed, last Friday night as the visiting Robert F. Munroe Day School Bobcats ran and passed their way to a 52-0 victory over the Knights of Rocky Bayou Christian.  The stadium lighting was, no doubt, intensified by the simultaneous glow of the Bobcat light bulbs that all seemed to click on after a rough start to the season.

This was one of those rare nights where everything we did seemed to work and it feels really good to get in the win column,” said Bobcat head coach Joe Striplin.  “That tough four-game stretch we endured has obviously helped us against opponents who are similar to our size and strength.”

Striplin was particularly pleased with his team’s offensive production, which featured both bruising running and potent passing.  Daniel Meeks led all rushers with 127 yards on 10 carries and one TD.  Trey Pack was equally effective as he pounded the Knight defense for 86 yards on nine carries and tallied two TDs.  

Dustin Watson had an impressive game at quarterback, as he was 17 of 28 with three TDs and no interceptions. Watson also caught a TD pass from Dustin Blake, one of his favorite targets, who was solid with six receptions for 131 yards and a TD.  Fletcher Vaughn found himself in the spotlight with seven catches for 115 yards and a TD.  He also returned a punt for a score.

“We’re very pleased with our offensive production tonight,” said Striplin.  “A lot of our kids stepped up and contributed.  I think our offensive line deserves some recognition for the job they did opening the holes for our backs and protecting the QB.”

Striplin had plenty of accolades for the defense, which held the Knights to 38 total yards of offense on the evening.

The staff did a good job of preparing the players for the Rocky Bayou offense and the kids went out and did their jobs.  Chuck Beach, Matt Carter and John Dayton Jones played really well and had nine stops each.  Hunter Welborn was also big with seven tackles.  Great effort from top to bottom.”

The Bobcats look to take their new-found momentum into this Friday’s homecoming matchup with the Eagles from Bronson High School.  Bronson is 0-5 to start the season, but Striplin is quick to point out that they have played a schedule similar to the Bobcats and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Don’t let the record fool you. These guys have played some tough teams in Trenton, Bishop Snyder, Father Lopez, Bell and Jefferson County.  They have some really good, skilled players and like to throw it around quite a bit.  We’ve got to avoid the swoon from this victory and all the distractions of homecoming to have a chance.  We’re looking forward to having a great crowd with a lot of alumni present.  We need to keep things rolling,” he said.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at Corry Athletic Field.