The seventh grade Bearcats toppled Nocona 20-12 Thursday night to secure second place in the district race behind Jacksoboro. The Bearcats finished the season with a 5-2 record in which great improvements were made in their first year of school competition.
Brody Offield, Skylar Jacobson, Zack West, Seth Sanderson, Patrick Holcomb, Logan Plaster-Durham, Colby Hawkins, Johnny Bolf, Jayson Nixon, Hunter Smith, Jordan Hanson, Brandon Kuehler, Gage Stewart, Ryan Greene, Garrett Tice, Logan Kelsey, Triston Emanuel, Garrett Duncan, Tyler Aaron, Ben Johnson, Gage Pollan, Weston Max, Joseph Ford, Clayton Fugett, Brayden Headrick, Ross Cantwell, Trey Essler, JC Smith, Noah Maybry and Blake Binkley round out the 2012 seventh grade Bearcat football team.
Bearcat quarterback Zack West used a big block from fullback Tyler Aaron to go around the right side for a 53-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. However, the point after failed and the ‘Cats led 6-0. In the second quarter, Aaron took the handoff from just outside the goal line to plunge in for a touchdown with West providing the two-point conversion and a 14-0 advantage. Nocona managed to score on a pass play right before half to make it 14-6.
Brayden Headrick recovered a fumble on the kickoff to start the second half. Moments later, West broke several tackles in route to a 63-yard touchdown run, the point after fell just short and the Bearcats led 20-6. Nocona once again used an air attack to score in the fourth quarter, but were unable to get any closer than 20-12.
Tyler Aaron had several big, hard runs by breaking tackles making it tough for the Indians to pull him down. Offield also had several carries for the Bearcats. Linemen Kelsey, Johnson, Essler, Cantwell and Max had a good night up front for the Bearcats opening up some big holes. Aaron, West, Cantwell, Max, Essler, Hawkins and Kelsey had good defensive performances making it hard for the Indians to run the ball. Binkley and Nixon broke up passes in the secondary.