Six different players in each of the seventh and eighth grade games put points on the board Thursday night as the Bearcats dominated City View for a pair of victories. The eighth grade remains undefeated with a 40-0 triumph while the seventh graders improved to 4-2 by handling the Mustangs 46-34.
Zack West, Tyler Aaron, Patrick Holcomb, Jason Nixon, Colby Hawkins and Brody Offield each scored either touchdowns or extra points for the Bearcats.
In the first quarter, following a bad snap by City View, West scored on a three-yard run followed by an Aaron extra point and the Bearcats led 8-0 which stood after one quarter. In the second quarter, West scored again on a 56-yard run, but was called back due to a block in the back penalty. Shortly after, Offield found his way to the end zone from 23 yards out with Holcomb adding the two-point conversion and a 16-0 lead. City View broke loose on a long run to close the score at 16-8, but West again answered with a 58-yard run of his own and after the Aaron extra point, the Bearcats led 24-8.
Offield and Aaron extended the Bearcat lead early in the third quarter, 32-8, with a 47-yard touchdown run and the point after. Cantwell, Aaron and Trey Essler had key blocks on Offield’s run. Moments later, City View scored again on a long play, but Aaron had an answer for it by following Trey Essler and Ben Johnson up the middle for a 61-yard touchdown run. Jason Nixon added the point after and gave the Bearcats a 40-14 lead. The Bearcats led 40-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Hawkins scored his touchdown on an 11-yard run, but the extra point was stopped short. Leading 46-20, the Mustangs scored a couple of touchdowns which was not enough as the Bearcats sealed the win.
Everyone on the roster played in the game and contributed a great deal. Cantwell, Aaron, West and Weston Max had good defensive games. Cantwell recovered a fumble with West and Aaron causing another one.
Since Alvord does not field a seventh grade team, the Bearcats will have a week off.
Mason Hanson, Kandon Bennett, Ben McCreary, Reed Latham, Corbin Douthitt and Dillon Flowers put points on the board for the Bearcat 8th Grade, not including the pair of touchdown passes from Blaine Long. Hanson followed great blocking from his offensive line of Skyler Castro, Sterling Headrick, Corbin Bloodworth, Adam Moore and Conner Chambers on the first play of the game as he darted 66 yards down to the 12-yard line. Two plays later, he scored on the same play from 4 yards out and Douthitt added the point after. Also in the second quarter, Ben McCreary picked up a Mustang punt and scampered untouched 65 yards and gave the Bearcats a 14-0 lead. Dillon Flowers set up his own touchdown moments later as Reed Latham caused a fumble and Flowers scooped it up for an 18-yard gain. On the next play, Long connected with Flowers for his first career touchdown pass. Kandon Bennett added the extra point and the Bearcats were up 22-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Long hit McCreary on a slant pass and he ran 46-yards for the touchdown and a 28-0 lead. Latham scored his first touchdown also with a three-yard run after City View went for it on fourth down deep on their own end of the field. City View was forced to punt from their own three-yard line after a stiff defensive stand, but a very short punt bounced back in the Bearcats favor where Hanson picked it up on the half-yard line and stepped into the end zone and gave the Bearcats a 40-0 halftime lead which also proved to be the final.
Everyone played in the game and did an outstanding job. Good line play also came from Mackey Thonton, Cody Franklin, Coy Patterson and Caleb Scroggins. The entire defense had a good night keeping the Mustangs out of the end zone. The Bearcats play well as a team and will take on Alvord next week in hopes of keeping their record unblemished.
The eighth grade team will face Alvord at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by the Henrietta JV.