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Thayer Bobcats get even big time, beat Strafford Indians 44-16
Thayer, Mo. — The Thayer Bobcats Friday night got even big time when they whipped the mighty Strafford Indians — currently ranked fourth among Class 2 schools — 44-16. Last year the Bobcats took a 52-6 beating from the Indians, and this year it was a different story.
Strafford last week defeated Springfield Catholic 42-6.
The Bobcats came out in the first quarter and scored on the second play of the game when Bobcat Tucker Hargrove picked up a bad snap and took it 50 yards for the touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 8-0
The Bobcats, backed up by a strong offense and defensive line, stayed ahead of the Indians right down to the last few seconds of the game when quarterback Ayden Henry scored the final run to make the score with a good PAT 44-16.
The Indians who had their passing game blocked by the Bobcats were down 22-8 at the half and didn’t manage to boost that score up to 16 until the fourth quarter. on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Indian quarterback Chandler Collins
In the first quarter the Indians jump back fast to answer the Hargrove touchdown with a 65-yard touchdown run by Jacob Eden, but that was their last hurrah.
For the rest of the game Bobcats consistently scored and kept the Indians in punt out city.
Bobcat offense stars were Henry, Braydon Pender, Hargrove and Garrett Young. The defense kept it together, and the only fly in the ointment were the number of penalties called against the cats including personal fouls and holding.
Great game Bobcats.
Next week the Bobcats play the Liberty Eagles at Thayer. The Eagles this week defeated Springfield Catholic 49-12. Last year the Eagles defeated the Bobcats 21-14 at Mountain View. In 2013 the Eagles won 53-14 at Thayer.
The Bobcats travel to Salem, Mo., the following week.
Elsewhere, West Plains slips past Camdenton; Reed Springs beats Salem in overtime
The West Plains Zizzers slipped past the Lakers at Camdenton 13-12 in Friday night football action. Camdenton scored a touchdown in the last 20 seconds of the game, but failed to make the extra point.
Reed Springs defeated Salem, Mo., 27-21 in overtime Friday, the only overtime game of the night among area schools.
The Houston Tigers defeated the St. James Tigers 36-35 at Houston.
The Poplar Bluff Mules beat Dexter 51-14 at Poplar Bluff.
The Marionville Comets defeated the Willow Springs Bears 46-7.
The Cabool Bulldogs lost 22-13 to Hollister.
The Ava Bears defeated El Dorado Springs 45-16.
Mountain Grove beat Cassville 15-6.
The Liberty Eagles defeated Springfield Catholic 49-12.