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Bobcats On To Second Round

Exeter-Milligan/Friend used a 24-point third quarter to blast past East Butler in the first round of the 2018 NSAA Class D-1 State Football Play-offs.  The 9-0 Bobcats downed the defending Class D-1 State Champion Tigers 60-24 Thursday night in Milligan.  With the victory, the undefeated, second-seeded Bobcats advanced to play Fullerton (7-2) on Wednesday at 6 p.m., in Friend.
With a win over the Warriors, EMF would either host 9-1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic or travel to Howells to tangle with 8-2 Howells-Dodge on Tuesday, November 6, in the third round.  The D-1 semi-finals will be played on Monday, November 12.  Undefeated Creighton is the No. 1 seed on the east half of the D-1 bracket.
EMF and East Butler traded scores in the first half on Thursday night.  The Bobcats scored first when Edwen Baptista rolled in from eight yards out.  The two-point conversion failed.  After a Tiger score, Baptista hit paydirt again, this time with a 14-yard burst.  Baptista, who finished the contest with 258 yards rushing on 35 carries, converted the PAT.
East Butler would then make it 14-12 to end the first quarter of play.  Baptista scored his third TD of the game with a five-yard run in the second quarter.  The PAT was no good and the scoreboard read 20-12 at intermission.
Bobcat running back Mitchell Manning scored from two yards out to begin the second-half scoring.  A PAT pass from Spencer Pribyl to Max Zeleny was successful.  Pribyl passed for 52 yards (3-for-7) and a scored in the win.  Manning rushed seven times for 29 yards.  Pribyl rushed 10 times for 30 yards.  Zeleny caught one pass for 21 yards.
Next, Bobcat defender Slater Wells snagged an errant Tiger pass and raced to the endzone to make the score 34-12 Bobcats.  Baptista converted the PAT.
After an East Butler score, Baptista racked up his fourth score with an one-yard plunge.  The senior running back also converted the PAT.  The Bobcats were ahead 44-18 after three periods.
Pribyl would hook up with Trever Zelenka for a 27-yard pitch-and-catch to begin the fourth period.  Pribyl converted the PAT.  Jesse Duba capped the EMF scoring with a two yard TD scamper.  Christian Weber converted the PAT run.
Duba rushed for 11 yards.  Casey Jindra rushed for 29 yards for the Bobcats and Dylan Bonds had 23 yards on the ground.
The Bobcats had 437 total yards of offense compared to 267 for East Butler.  Both teams had four turnovers.  The EMF offense produced 26 first downs.
Zeleny paced the Bobcat defense with 12.5 tackles—including a sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss.  Manning was in on nine stops and Johnny Babula had six tackles with a sack and a tackle for a loss.  Wells had five stops, a sack and an interception.  Zelenka had four tackles and an interception.  Baptista and Weber both snagged interceptions in the victory.