The Bearcat eighth grade capped off a memorable 8-0 season Thursday night with a convincing 42-0 victory at Nocona along with an undisputed district championship. It was a total team effort by the Bearcats with several big plays.
Members of the District 5-2A Championship team include Blain Long, Kandon Bennett, Ben McCreary, Chris Offield, Corbiin Douthitt, Ethan Scholl, Dillon Flowers, Michael Williams, Tyler Lujan, Mason Hanson, Brayden McDonald, Coy Patterson, Chris McGill, Reed Latham, Adam Moore, Sterling Headrick, Conner Chambers, Sklyar Castro, Cody Franklin, Kaleb Scroggins, Corbin Bloodworth and Mackey Thonton.
Hanson started the scoring with a 40-yard run in the first quarter followed by the two-point conversion from Long. Several good blocks from the offensive line of Chambers, Bloodworth, Moore, Castro and Headrick, and down field blocks from wide receivers Bennett and Scholl. Long recovered a fumble on the kickoff, but the Bearcats failed to get points.
McCreary blocked a punt in the first quarter, which eventually set up an 18-yard touchdown by Hanson, but the extra point failed, 14-0. In the second quarter, Long caused a fumble which Bennett recovered. Two plays later, Hanson took it 57 yards for a touchdown and Latham tacked on the two-point conversion and a 22-0 lead. Two more touchdowns followed before halftime. Long connected with McCreary for a 49-yard touchdown pass and then Hanson scored on a 23-yard run with Latham scoring the two points and a 36-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Bennett closed out the scoring on the successful season with a 12-yard touchdown run, 42-0. Latham, Bennett, Long and Hanson had a good rushing night for the Bearcats with several big runs. McCreary and Bennett had receptions for the Bearcats.
“The kids came out focused and ready to play for the district championship. They knew what was at stake and rose to the occasion with one of their best games of the year,” said Coach Tim Allen. “The offense and defense complimented each other by scoring 243 points on the eight-game season and allowed only 36 points.
“The coaches are very proud of these young Bearcats for their accomplishments this year in which they all worked hard to achieve their goal. Great job Bearcats.”