In the seventh-grade contest, the ‘Cats got on the board in the first quarter when they held the visitors on a fourth down attempt at the Bulldog 46. On the first play of their possession, Bobcat Andrew Casarez raced 28 yards to the visitors’ 18-yard line. Casarez went the distance on the next play to put the home team in front 6-0.
In the second quarter, S-T continued its scoring ways when Casarez scored on a 32-yard run and then added the two-point conversion for a 14-0 S-T lead.
The two scoring opportunities were provided by the offensive line play of John Cirone, T.J. Amador, Alex Acosta, Ryan Jimenez, Michael Huerta and David Reyna.
In their last possession of the half, the ‘Cats marched down the field with Randy Ybarra capping off the drive on a 25-yard reverse to make it a 20-0 contest. Casarez converted the two-point try and it was 22-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats received the opening kickoff and drove the length of the field only to be stopped at the Bulldogs’ 15 with five minutes left in the game.
The Bobcats did get one last TD as Ybarra scamperd 10 yards for the final score. Quarterback Ryan Lakso added the two-pointer for a final of 30-0.
Lakso drew praise from coach John Salinas.
“Lakso did a great job of running the offense and got off a few good runs himself,” Salinas said.
Receiver Cody Leonard and flanker Sal Soto also contributed on the last drive with some good downfield blocking, according to their coach.
On defense, the ‘Cats recorded their third shutout of the year as the defense played outstandingly, according to the coaches. Lineman Joe Vega led the defensive attack for the Bobcats. The seventh-grade boys are now 2-0 in district play and an impressive 5-0 on the season.
In the eighth-grade game, the teams played to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first quarter. The young Bobcats put together a decent drive right before the end of the first quarter, but were stopped just shy of the goal line.
In the second quarter, the visitors scored on a 10-yard run to jump in front 6-0. The ’Dogs added a four-yard TD run in the third quarter to make it a 12-0 game and that was the final score. The Bobcats ran up against a tough Bulldog defense.
Despite the loss, the S-T defense came up with some big hits with Adrian Castaneda, Donovan Encinia and Ezekial Huerta leading the way.
The eighth-grade Bobcats are now 2-3 on the year.
The JH teams will travel to Bloomington on Thursday.