For a half it looked as if the Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe would continue the roll that has been the story of the start to this season. Taking the opening kickoff, the Bobcats covered 60 yards in eight plays, ending the drive with wingback Myles Edwards scoring on a 32 yard pass from quarterback Will Harris (kick failed) to take the early lead at 6-0. Cedar Creek would respond with a 65-yard drive of their own to tie the game at 6-6, as quarterback Javon Jackson plunged in for the touchdown from one yard out (kick failed). The game wouldn’t stay tied long as Jaylen Lewis took the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to pay dirt (Harris pass to Edwards) and a 14-6 lead. RFM would score once more on an Edwards 5-yard run (Skipper kick) to extend the lead to 21-6 at the half after Jacob Williams recovered an onside kick.
The second half would look nothing like the first, as the big and athletic Saints would seize momentum in the third quarter and not turn it loose, taking advantage of six Bobcat turnovers (two interceptions, a fumble, a blocked punt, and two Cedar Creek recoveries on squib kicks) and scoring three times to take a 28-21 lead. Cedar Creek also rushed for 209 yards in the half and controlled the time of possession. They would score once more in the last stanza for the final of 36-21.
“We turned the ball over, which hadn’t hurt us so far this season, and we had a hard time tackling them,” said Coach Danny Hood. Many of the second half rushing yards for Cedar Creek were gained after contact, as the burley Jackson, who moved from quarterback to fullback, often took more than one Bobcat tackler to get him down.
For the night, the Bobcat offense that had been averaging 462 yards and 48 points per game could only manage 144 yards (68 rushing, 76 passing). Conversely, Munroe’s defense, who were previously unscored upon, yielded 328 yards to Cedar Creek (269 rushing).
“We won’t beat anybody with that yardage total,” said Hood. On the bright side, the Bobcats did force three interceptions, one each by Cole Skipper, Jaylen Lewis and Bo Bailey. “We’ll use this as an opportunity to work on our mistakes and get ready for Aucilla.”
The Bobcats tee it up this Friday with their arch-rivals from Jefferson County at Corry Field (7:30 p.m.). The Warriors are 4-1 and have won their last three contests by a combined 108-58 score.