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By Mark Dykes

Bobcats shut down Newcastle


October 11, 2018

Photo courtesy of Sonja Karp/Newcastle News Letter Journal

Logan Cole heads around the Newcastle defense as part of the Bobcats shutdown of the Dogies last Friday.

The Thermopolis football team came home with a win after shutting out Newcastle 66-0 Friday night.

Coach Matt McPhie said overall the team played well and definitely were more physical on the field. Though there were some injuries on the Newcastle side, which no coach likes to see, McPhie said it was also good to see our boys flying around the field and getting those hits.

The coach noted it was also the first game the Bobcats played this season where they had no turnovers, and that is a testament to the work the players are putting in.

However, the win doesn't get the Bobcats a place in the playoffs. There are some different scenarios that can come about, McPhie said, but they need one more win to secure a playoff berth.

McPhie said Riley Shaffer did an excellent job for the team both offensively and defensively.

Though he didn't have stats yet as of Monday morning, McPhie estimated both Logan Cole and Chandler Maddock each ran for over 200 yards. Another big moment came with Wyatt McDermott getting his first high school touchdown as a varsity player.

This Friday the Bobcats are back at home against Glenrock for the final game of the regular season. McPhie said they need to have a good practice this week and the boys are realizing the days of being physically pushed around are behind them, which he credits to the effort they've put in during the off-season.

He said they have to be ready for Glenrock, a team that has competed in the state championship for the past two years. Kickoff is this Friday at 7 p.m.


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