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The Thayer Bobcats

The Thayer Bobcats

Thayer BobcatMountain Grove, Mo. — The Thayer Bobcats pulled off the upset of the year Friday night, Oct. 16, when they shut down and buried the Mountain Grove Panthers 38-14. Bobcat defense was king and held the Panthers scoreless for the entire first half.
Panthers set up residence in punt out city and went into their locker rooms at the half down to the Bobcats 24-0.
The Bobcats scored their first touchdown on a defense generated fumble on the fourth possession of the game when Tristan Short was strip tackled and Bobcats boogied to the goal line to make it 7-0 with a good PAT from Landon Tyler.
At the opening of the second quarter the Bobcats had a touchdown wiped out on a penalty and had to settle for a Landon Tyler field goal to make the score `10-0. Then, with a little over three minutes left in the half, Bobcats intercepted a Carter Otwell pass and ran a 14-yard touchdown to make the score 17-0 with a good PAT. They came back with seconds to go and powered a 24-yard pass to Spencer Ary to the 6 yard line, and Matt Griffith went in second and goal from the 1 yard line with a good Tyler PAT to make the score 24-0 as the half closed down.
Mountain Grove PantherAfter being shut out for the first half the Panthers opened the second half with a boom. Panther running back Trystan Short grabbed a kick return and brought it back 75 yards to break the shutout 24-6. The two point conversion failed.
The Panthers then renewed their acquaintance with punt out city, and the Bobcats paid it a few visits until Braydon Pender ran over the goal line from the 2 yard line following a Bobcat interception by Tucker Hargrove. This bumped the score up to 31-6 as the fourth quarter opened up.
Then, as the fourth quarter progressed, Bobcat Garrett Young fumbled the ball away to Mountain Grove, and Chance Barbe scored a touchdown from the 9 yard line and D.J. McNew punched through the two point conversion to make the score 31-14.
With seconds left in the game the Bobcats picked up a personal foul against Mountain Grove which put them in the red zone again, and Garrett Young scored from the 5 yard line to put icing on the cake, with a good Tyler PAT, 38-14.
Friday nights win puts the Bobcats at 8-1, and the Mountain Grove Panthers at 7-2. Bobcats now get a bye week before they go to district play.
The Thayer Bobcats, previously ranked ninth among Class 1 schools, picked off Mountain Grove, previously ranked fourth among Class 3 schools.
In 2014, Mountain Grove defeated the Bobcats 46-0 Oct. 17 at Thayer. In 2013 the Panthers defeated Thayer 14-0 Oct. 25 at Mountain Grove.

Elsewhere
Other games Friday night in Missouri went like this: West Plains Zizzers beat Rolla 50-13; Liberty Eagles demolished the Houston Tigers 63-7; Ava Bears over Willow Spring Bears 47-6, Salem, Mo., over Cabool 41-7, Marionville over Stockton 54-14, and Poplar Bluff defeated Normady 38-0.
In Arkansas, it was Highland Rebels losing44 to 15 to Gosnell, Batesville over Wynn 31-14; Walnut Ridge lost to Marked Tree 41-12, Salem, Ark., lodt to Earle 48-14, .Pocahontas over Cave City 46-14, Jonesboro lost to North Little Rock 70-64, and Jonesboro West Side defeated Brookland 27-12.
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