Bobcats shut out in Bayou Bowl
clawed at the Cardinals all night long, but to no avail. When the dust settled
the Cardinals had won the Bayou Bowl by a score of 34-0 giving them the ninth
victory and the fifth shutout of the Bobcats since the 2000 rivalry started.
game gave the Cards a playoff berth and will make their next opponent the
Trojans of Coldspring-Oakhurst High School. The Trojans are undefeated this
Trojans are ranked 52 in the state and average 378 yards rushing and 75
yards passing. They ended their season by defeating the Liberty Panthers 68-13.
Coldspring last year and they are a very fast team. We will have our work cut
out for us,” said Cardinals coach Cris Stump. “I was proud of our kids tonight,
they played hard, we came to win and we did.”
opening kickoff, the Cardinals dominated the game. Taking the ball on the 44
yard line, they made two first downs with the first two plays.
handed the ball off, kept the ball, and passed the ball and in seven plays used
a quarterback sneak to score the first touchdown with 9:25 on the first quarter
Truncale took the kick for the Bobcats and was tackled on the 33 yard line by
Cardinal Malachi Busby. The ‘Cats made two first downs on their first two
plays, ran the ball several times and were looking at a second and two
situation on their eighth play when there was a fumble and Cameron Coulter
recovered the ball for the Cardinals.
kept the ball moving for eight plays and then on play number nine, Menard kept
the ball and made a 25 yard dash across the goal line for touchdown number two.
A good PAT put the score at 14-0.
plays the Bobcats quarterback Wesley Ackerman rolled out and passed the ball.
Mitchel Hubbard of the Cardinals was the receptor of the ball, giving the Cards
possession with 1:07 remaining in the quarter. Two plays later the quarter
ended. The Cards had made nine first downs.
fourth play, Menard kept the ball and gained yardage that looked close enough
for a first down, but on the measurement it was short and the ball went to the
from Ackerman to Ty Johnson gave the Bobcats a gain of five. Ackerman handed
off to Carmichael Wiley for a gain of four. Another handoff to Wiley gained a
first down. Four plays later the ‘Cats had to punt out of trouble.
On the Cards
possession, Menard kept the ball three times and came up just short of another
first down. From the Power I formation Menard passed to Hubbard for the first
defense kept the pressure on the Cards and kept another first down off the
books. After four plays the Cards booted the ball back to the Bobcats with 2:57
on the clock.
offense kept the ball for the last ten plays of the half. Ackerman handed to
ball off to every back on the team. There were some gains on nearly every play
and three first downs, but the Cardinal defense was able to keep the Bobcats
off of the scoreboard. The half ended with the Bobcats 15 yards short of the
play started with the Bobcats taking the ball on the 35 yard line. The
possession was a series of running plays with Ackerman handing the ball to
Jeromey Watkins, Wiley, and Justin Bradley.
On the fifth play Dustin Verrett had the ball, but was faced with a sea
of red and no place to go. Faced with a fourth and long play, the ‘Cats kicked
On the first
play for the cards, Menard carried the ball for a gain of seven yards. On the
second and three play Menard handed the ball to Hunter Clark. Clark evaded
several Bobcat tacklers and made a 55 yard run to the 16 yard line.
On the next
play Tyler Roberts made a run up the middle and scored. Unfortunately there was
a flag on the play. Holding was the call and the ball was brought back to the
40 yard line with 7:40 on the clock. This was only the second penalty of the
night and the first for the Cardinals.
Cardinals shook off the penalty and five plays later Menard scored his third
touchdown. Daniel Faulk boot the ball across the cross members and the score
was 21-0 with 5:21 on the clock.
the 35 yard line the Bobcats fought hard, but were just held back by the
Cardinal defense. After eight plays they lost possession and the Cardinals
started their play on the 29 yard line.
than a minute remaining in the quarter, Menard handed the ball to Clark and
Clark dashed across the goal for the fourth touchdown. Faulk made his fourth
PAT and put the score at 28-0.
seconds of play left in the third quarter, the Bobcats took possession on the
50 yard line.
beginning of the fourth quarter, Wiley carried the ball for a gain of four
yards. Watkins made a first down four plays later. A play later Ackerman
completed a pass to Mason Sonnier for a first down.
On the first
and ten play Jakob Brown made a run to the left side and was blasted by Dylan
Sams of the Cardinal defense. The hit was so intense that Brown was taken out
for the remainder of the game.
yards for a first down and on the Cardinal 36 yard line, Ackerman tried a pass.
Hubbard of the Cards tipped the ball away and the Cardinals took over the ball.
plays Menard took the ball across the goal from the 11 yard line for his fourth
touchdown. The PAT went wide to the right and the score was 34-0 with 4:43 left
in the game.
Bobcats first play after the tackle two exuberant Cardinals jumped together and
bumped chests. The officials blew whistles and threw flags and penalized the
Cards five yards for the action.
failing to make a first down, the ball went to the Cards. On the third down
play the Cards fumbled and the Bobcats recovered. With 56 seconds of play left
in the game a pass was intercepted to give the Cardinals possession.
Cardinals let the clock run out and another Bayou Bowl was history with a final
score of 34-0, Cardinals.