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Thayer BobcatSalem, Mo. — The Class 1 Thayer Bobcats pulled it together in the second half down 14-6 at halftime and bullied the Salem Tigers, a Class 3 school, with a rock solid defense that held them scoreless for the rest of the game and won 29-14.
Not only did the Bobcat defense shut down Salem’s running quarterback Dylan Wisdom, they forced the Tigers to fumble and turn over the ball three times in the second half.
The Bobcats opened the game stunned by the Tiger offense that scored two touchdowns by the end of the first quarter. Bobcat offense was stymied by the Tiger defense and spent most of the first half in punt out city with a first down nowhere in sight.
Salem TigerThen, at the end of the second quarter the struggling Bobcats came to life, blocked a Tiger kick, and Braydon Pender took the ball in for a touchdown from the 1 yard line. Bobcat kicker Tyler Landon missed the PAT, and the score going into the locker room was 14-6.
We don’t know what Coach Billy Webber said to his team at halftime, but the defense went from confused to “we’ve got their number.” They put the hurt on their running backs and forced turnovers giving the Bobcat offense the chance to score.
The Bobcats scored a 2-point safety to make the score 14-8, then Tucker Hargrove caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Ayden Henry and took the lead 15-14. with a good pat from Landon Tyler.
The Tigers fumbled again, and Braydon Pender recovered. It was Henry to Hargrove for another touchdown to make the score 21-14. The Tigers blocked the extra point. This was the end of the third quarter.
On their first possession of the fourth quarter the Salem Tigers fumbled again, and the Bobcats were unable to score on this one and gave it back on downs.
With the fourth quarter half over, the Tigers were forced into a fumble by the Bobcats, who then put the icing on the cake with a 15-yard touchdown drive by Bo Kafka and a 2-point conversion to make the final score 29-14.
This makes the Bobcats 3-1 and should help ease the pain over their loss to the Liberty Eagles last week going down 19-3. Salem is now 2-2.
Next week is Thayer’s Homecoming, and the Bobcats play the Houston Tigers. Houston is 3-1 and this week defeated Cabool 21-7. The following two weeks the Bobcats travel to Cabool and Ava.
C.L.

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