The loss drops the ’Cats to 0-2 on the year, and Mathis is now 1-1 on the season.
“Again, we had some good things happen, but too many mistakes. We have a lot of youth on the field, and it shows,” said Skidmore-Tynan head coach Russell Joy.
“We just have to stay focused on us and getting better at the little things.”
The S-T boys started strong, but a couple of early turnovers prevented them from taking control of the game. The Bobcats were driving and in Pirate territory at the 20-yard line when the ball was knocked loose from a S-T running back and scooped up by the Pirates. The fumble return went the length of the field and turned what looked like a sure Skidmore score into a Pirate touchdown. The PAT failed to make it a 6-0 Pirate lead.
The Bobcats responded well and took the kickoff right down the field against the Pirate defense. Kyle Nelson and Andrew Casarez picking up most of the yards. QB R.J. Estrada put the finishing touches on the drive with a 10-yard pass to Brandon East deep in the end zone. East went high and made a one-handed catch of the ball for the touchdown. The PAT attempt went wide, and the game was back to all-square at 6-6.
Early in the second quarter, the Bobcat offense again went to the air. Estrada found East wide open, behind the Mathis defenders, and hit him for an easy 35-yard scoring strike to give the Bobcats a 13-6 advantage with 11:22 left in the first half. Alex Acosta provided the PAT kick for the S-T squad.
The teams then traded possessions, but the Pirates gained control of the ball late in the second period. Their final drive of the first half got them into the S-T end zone as QB Anderson Rubio swept right and into the corner from about 10 yards out. A two-point pass conversion on the extra point attempt was complete, and the Pirates jumped back out front, 14-13.
The Bobcats came out flat in the third quarter, and the momentum of the Pirates’ late TD carried over. The Mathis boys struck for 21 points to pull away from the Bobcats. Mathis led 35-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats picked up another TD late on a Tomas Moore 45-yard interception return in the final period, but it was too little, too late.
Yardage totals were fairly close as the Pirates managed 250 yards of offense, while the Bobcats amassed 199 yards. Estrada threw for 78 yards on six of 10 attempts and two touchdowns. East hauled in four passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Hernandez collected two passes for 12 yards on the night.
Estrada was the top rusher for the Bobcats with 64 yards on 10 carries. Nelson followed with 44 yards on 19 totes. Casarez added 13 yards on five attempts.
The Bobcats travel to Kenedy on Friday night to meet the undefeated Lions.
“Kenedy is talented. They have a lot of kids back from last year. Their QB is a very good passer and runner,” Joy said.
“Defensively, they are a 3-3 stack that are blitzing every play. Our young offensive linemen are going to have to get their heads up and make calls.”
The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.