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By Mark Dykes
Assistant Editor 

Bobcat pride stays strong through Homecoming loss


Cindy Glasson

Jonathan Harvey stretches out to bring in the ball during football action Friday night against Burns.

Though the Hot Springs County High School football team lost its Homecoming matchup against Burns, 34-20, Friday night, the Bobcats sure didn't make it easy for the Broncs, keeping within a touchdown at the half and into the third quarter.

Coach Matthew McPhie said it was a hard fought game with a lot of back and forth action between the two teams, and the Cats did well but a couple key plays in the the third quarter swung it Burns' way.

In particular on the offensive side, McPhie said Cullen Becher performed well as quarterback, as did Alex Jensen, who among his action threw a touchdown pass to Becher. Their additional two touchdowns came from rushing.

On defense, McPhie noted Jon Harvey's 10 tackles - Harvey is averaging 5.1 tackles per game, and assisted in 21, with 14 solo - and Ethan Becher's seven, as well as Kolby George's interception in the first half.

Overall, the Cats had 206 offensive rushing yards on 32 attempts, and another 243 defensive rushing yards on 40 attempts.

There were a lot of people out to support the team, McPhie said, adding he appreciates seeing everyone come out. Though it can be hard to have a Homecoming loss, he pointed out the players are doing things right and the program continues to move forward.

A letter from Burns High School Athletic Director commended the citizens of Thermopolis, HSCHS Principal Scott Shoop and a Thermopolis trainer for the hospitality shown to the visiting team and fans.

Looking ahead, the Cats will travel to Big Horn this Friday to take on the 4-1 Rams. Coach McPhie said he has watched the Rams play, noting they're a good, physically big team. Whether Thermopolis wins or loses, he said, the players will learn about themselves as they do every week. He's excited for the opportunity, as is the team.


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