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Bobcats Pounce On Titans

By Leesa K. Bartu
Exeter Signal Correspondent

The Bobcats didn’t take long to show their dominance on the field in Hebron.  Just about two minutes into the game, Spencer Pribyl tossed a pass to Max Zeleny who hauled down the line to get it within a few yards of the end zone. Later, Bobcat Edwen Baptista took an option pass from Pribyl and was in for six points.  He hauled in two more points on a PAT run to bring the score to 8-0.
Thayer Central tried to get on the board after they took the kick-off through the Exeter-Milligan/Friend  defense into the end zone but the touchdown was called back for a penalty.
After turning the ball over to EMF, Pribyl tossed an option to Zeleny who dodged tacklers to just clip the end zone for another six points.  With 6:09 left in the first quarter, the score was 14-0.
After three and out for the Titans, Manning took the kick off return all the way down the field into the end zone.  Pribyl tossed a pass to Baptista that was good for the two points.  With 4:29 left in the first quarter, the score was 22-0.
At the start of the second quarter, Thayer Central found the end zone and posted six but could not convert the PAT.
Manning again wove his way through defenders with the kick off return and hit pay dirt.  Unfortunately, an illegal block penalty brought the ball back to the 34 yard line. It wasn’t long before the 4-0 Bobcats clawed their way down the field with a pass to Jackson Beethe who was brought down at the one yard line.  Manning took the ball in for six but the conversion was denied.  Manning finished the contest 87 yards rushing on 12 attempts.
 With 8:18 left in the half, the score was 28-6.  Pribyl found the end zone on a run with 2:26 left in half bringing the score to 34-6. But the Bobcats weren’t done yet.  Pribyl sent a pass to Beethe in the end zone with just 13 seconds left in the half.  Bossaller caught the two point conversion and the halftime score was 42-6.
Pribyl was 7-for-8 through the air in the contest for 128 yards and two scores.  Zeleny caught three balls for 80 yards and Beethe hauled in three also for 39 yards.
The third quarter didn’t slow down the Bobcats.  Manning ran in for another touchdown with Beethe catching the two point conversion in the end zone.  The score was now 50-6.
Zeleny had an interception but was hit hard and the ball broke loose.  Thayer Central recovered and on their first play the toss was intercepted by Beethe on the five yard line and run back to the 35.
The Bobcat coaching staff subbed in reserves with three minutes left in the third quarter (the JV game scheduled with Thayer Central for Monday afternoon was cancelled).
After a tough fight the Titans scored with 10 minutes left in fourth quarter. The two point conversion toss was intercepted by Beethe.
The Bobcats Dylan Bonds broke loose and ran in for six but the two point conversion failed.  Score was 56-12.  Bonds rushed two times for 55 yards in the win.
The Titans found the end zone again with 5:53 left in the game and tacked on another eight but the Bobcats had the last word.  Weber kept the ball and found the end zone with 33 seconds left in the game.  The final was 62-20.
Johnny Babula had a hand in 11 tackles for EMF.  Pribyl logged two tackles for a loss.  Zeleny had a part of six tackles, had a tackle for a loss and an interception. Manning was in on six tackles and had a tackle for a loss. Slater Wells logged a tackle for a loss for the winners.
 EMF has a bye week before meeting Osceola/High Plains on September 28 in Friend.