Defense

Bowling Green’s defensive line plows into the South Calloway offensive live, driving the Bulldogs back. The Bobcats pulled ahead of the Bulldogs before the half and never looked back. Photo by Stan Schwartz

Running and air game mix proves successful: Score 20-10

MOKANE—After the South Callaway Bulldogs painted the scoreboard in the first quarter and pushed Bowling Green back down the field during their first possession, it looked as though the Bobcats were in for a tough night.

But then head coach Kevin Krietemeyer rallied the team and the Bobcats eventually triumphed over the Bulldogs with the final score of 20-10.

In their first possession, the Bulldogs moved the ball down field with practiced ease, making steady gains. They scored the first touchdown and made the kick for the point after, making the score 7-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

When the Bobcats took possession of the ball, the South Calloway defense was able to push the offense back until the No. 17 Deonta Fleming punted the ball deep into Bulldog territory.

During the Bulldogs next possession, the Bobcat’s defense was able to hold them until they had to punt the ball.

Once back in possession, the Bobcats started back down field from their own 34-yard line. During the first down, the Bulldogs intercepted the pass, which put South Calloway deep in Bobcat territory. But there was a flag on the play. Unfortunately, it was against the Bobcats. The Bulldogs declined the penalty and took possession of the ball at the 28-yard line.

No. 56 Heyden Finley sacked the Bulldog quarterback on first down, moving the line of scrimmage back to the 31-yard line.

The Bobcats kept the Bulldogs from scoring again, but Bowling Green could not put anything on the scoreboard, ending the quarter with the Bulldogs in the lead.

During their first possession in the second quarter, the Bobcats had learned to deal with the Bulldog defense and were able to move the ball downfield, but could not get into the end zone.

 When the Bulldogs had possession of the ball again they moved into Bobcat territory to the 14-yard line. They got it all the way to the 3-yard line, but Bowling Green held them out of the end zone until South Calloway kicked a field goal, putting the score 10-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

The Bobcats received the kickoff, and were stopped at their own 29-yard line with 9:26 left in the second quarter.

A pass by No. 8 Nick Breakfield to Fleming, put the Bobcats deep in Bulldog territory. Three plays later, Fleming scored for the Bobcats, putting the team’s first six points on the board.

The point after was no good, making the score 10-6, with the Bulldogs still in the lead. There was still 6½ minutes left in the half.

The Bulldogs moved the ball back downfield, but the Bobcat defense closed the holes. A personal foul penalty gave new life to the Bulldog drive. The Bobcats eventually stopped this drive taking possession of the ball again.

It wasn’t long before the Bobcats scored again on a catch by Fleming. This time, they went for the two-point conversion, which was good, putting the score at 14-10 in favor of the Bobcats.

The third quarter remained scoreless. Both defenses were working hard to contain the other side.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Bobcats made their move, putting six more points on the board with a rush by No. 11 Lane Parker.

The two sides fought back and forth across the field. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Bobcats were poised to score again, but Krietemeyer told the Bowling Green quarterback to take a knee and let the clock run out, leaving the score 20-10, and giving the Bobcats their second victory of the season. This win pushes them up three places in the state’s standings.

The Bobcats face North Calloway next at home. The Thunderbirds have a 3-2 record. The team toppled Van-Far/Community in a 64-20 blowout.

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