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By Mark Dykes

Bobcats face Moorcroft Friday for Homecoming


September 19, 2019

Though the Thermopolis Bobcat Football team lost 28-14 while on the road at Buffalo Friday night, they made a significant effort late in the game.

Coach Matt McPhie said, “After trailing 21-0 in the third quarter, the team rallied and answered with two touchdowns to cut the deficit to 21-14 with about five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The team battled. They handled adversity, stuck together and matched the physicality of the defending state champions.

“The defensive effort was really good all night. We were led by Eli McCumber and Cade McLean. McCumber had 10 tackles while McClean added three tackles for loss and a pass break-up. Riley Shaffer and Jarron Mortimore also added six and five tackles, respectively. Mortimore also recorded a tackle for loss. Blake Williams added six tackles as well. Our defense is starting to figure it out. They are playing faster and we believe they will continue to improve as the season progresses.”

As for the offense, McPhie said, “Remington Ferree bumped over to center due to an injury and did an excellent job for us. Remington is a monster! A good monster for us, but opposing teams are beginning to hide from him. Duder Harvey threw two touchdowns — both of them to Jarron Mortimore. Logan Cole did an excellent job being physical and leading the offensive backfield.

“Our starting quarterback (Wyatt McDermott) was injured early in the game and I felt like our boys rallied for him. Wyatt is a competitor and warrior and it was difficult to watch him go down.

“We have a resilient bunch of boys and we look forward to playing at home this weekend.” The boys will face Moorcroft in their Homecoming game this Friday, beginning at 6 p.m.


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