Thayer, Mo. — Thayer Bobcats dug their claws in for the fourth quarter of their struggle with the Salem Tigers and managed to win up against the Salem Tigers, 14-12.
The Bobcats launched a successful first half against the Salem Tigers and went into the locker room with a 14-6 score against the Tigers. The Bobcat defense kept the Tiger offense from scoring for the most of the half, but late in the second quarter Tiger quarterback Zak Eplin connected with their star running back Zane Kyser for a 30-yard touchdown pass. They failed to make the PAT, and the score remained only 6 points. This would come back to haunt them.
Bobcat offense looked good in the first half with Tucker Hargrove putting the first score on the board on the Cats’ first possession of the game. Hargove’s touchdown raised the bar for the Salem Tigers. In the middle of the second quarter Braydon Pender blazed down the field on a third and long for 15 yards to score the Cats’ second touchdown to make the score 14-0.
As the second half was winding down Tiger Zane Kyser scored their first touchdown. As the second half was ending, they were in the red zone again; on fourth and goal Bobcat Tucker Hargrove iced their hopes with an interception.
The second half did not look promising for the Bobcat offense. They just couldn’t get it together and score. Bobcat defense however was awesome. The second half saw Bobcats pick up fumbles and go nowhere but punt out city. Tigers would march right down to the Bobcat goal line and fail to punch through the Bobcat line. At the end of the third quarter the Tigers’ quarterback Zak Eplin shot a 25-yard touchdown pass to Paul McClain, but their two point conversion attempt failed and that cost them the game.
For the rest of the game Bobcats kept on visiting punt out city, and the Tigers and their two quarterbacks Eplin and Dylan Wisdom kept spinning their wheels with incomplete passes and interceptions until they ran out of time and the Bobcats picked up their second victory of the season.
Bobcats opened the season with a 18-12 win against Hayti , then a 52-6 loss to Strafford and a heart breaker 21-14 loss to the Liberty Eagles to give them a 2-2 season.
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Next week the Bobcats play the winless Houston Tigers.