After a shaky start, the Robert F. Munroe Bobcats found their groove and throttled visiting Temple Christian Academy from Jacksonville on a crisp homecoming night this past Friday at Corry Field.
Temple started the scoring with a 40-yard pass from quarterback Donald Brown to receiver Tywann Williams on the opening possession. The Bobcats answered on a methodical 70-yard drive that culminated with a Myles Edwards 2-yard run (Cole Skipper kick) to take the lead 7-6.
The lead was short-lived as Temple’s speedy Quabeon Finch took the ensuing kickoff up the middle and outraced the Munroe defenders for a 65-yard return for a touchdown.
From there, however, the Bobcats would hold Temple scoreless while finding the end zone six more times throughout the course of the game. Defensive ends Walt Kelleher and Sean Newton kept the elusive Brown bottled up and the Bobcat defense would register three interceptions by cornerbacks Kyle and Cole Skipper and linebacker Bo Bailey (returned for a touchdown) in keeping the visitors from Jacksonville at bay.
Offensively, the Bobcats were led by Bailey, who rushed for 115 yards and two scores, and Edwards, who gained 78 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Edwards was also the recipient of an 8-yard scoring toss from quarterback Will Harris. Fullback Daniel Winburn added a scoring run.
“The coaching staff is very proud of these kids,” said Interim Coach Joey Edwards. “They didn’t play their best last Friday at Rocky Bayou, but they found some energy this week. It was a good night. The four seniors got a win in their last home game, Olivia Fletcher was crowned Queen, and we had a good crowd on hand. It was a good night to be a Bobcat!”
With two road games remaining, the Bobcats take on North Bay Haven this Friday. The game will be played on Panama City Beach Arnold’s home field and kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
“North Bay Haven is a talented team that can run and pass equally well,” said Edwards. “They have a good quarterback in David Smith, who is an accurate passer, but can hurt you if you don’t contain him. We’ll have to keep the momentum going from Friday if we’re going to be successful.”
North Bay Haven stands 1-6 on the season, but their record contains a forfeited win over Rocky Bayou and losses to Panhandle powers Baker and Cottondale.