Munroe crowns queen, falls in homecoming battle

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By Ben Calhoun

Homecoming for the Robert F. Munroe Day School Bobcats saw a stadium full of fans and alumni, the crowning of Adrianne Woodward as the queen and a pep band that kept the spirits high from start to finish.  It was a grand atmosphere and a great night for football and reunions, especially the RFM Class of 1989.  There was only one problem: the victory went to the visitors from Bronson.  

The Eagles used a variety of one-play drives and capitalized on untimely turnovers by the Bobcats in route to a 31-12 victory.  The Bobcats fell to 1-5 on the season while the Eagles improved to an identical 1-5 mark.

“We looked like FSU’s defense against Georgia Tech last Friday,” said Bobcat coach Joe Striplin. “They had three big plays for scores, two runs and a pass, that just knocked the wind out of us.  We were hoping to build on our momentum from the previous week, but we wound up taking a step backward.”

The Bobcats managed 370 yards of offense with 320 through the air. Fletcher Vaughn had a big night with eight receptions for 115 yards and two TDs.  

“We distributed the ball pretty well through the air to four different receivers,” said Striplin.  “We turned the ball over to kill a couple of drives and we weren’t as effective on the ground as we would have liked, although Trey Pack had a decent game and ran the ball very tough.”

Pack also had a big night on the defensive side of the ball as he tallied nine tackles.  Hunter Welborn was also big as the senior lineman had seven stops and returned a fumble 50 yards.  

“Those two guys played pretty well,” said Striplin, “but we can’t give up the big plays like we did defensively and expect to win.  That just won’t happen against a decent team.”

But Striplin isn’t ready to call in the dogs just yet.  

“We have to return to fundamentals this week.  We’ve got to be better tacklers than we’ve been thus far.  We can’t grow any more speed, but we can work to get in better position to stop the teams that attack us on the flanks. The next four games are definitely winnable and that’s what we are shooting for.”  

That stretch begins with Peniel Baptist Academy this Friday night in Palatka.  

“They have a super tailback that also plays safety.  He’s definitely a ‘player’ and we’ll have to work to contain him; but if we play up to our potential, we should be fine.  We have a goal to finish 5-5 and it’s still within our reach.”

Editorial Note: This copy was received too late to be published in this week's print edition. It will appear in next week's print edition.