Bobcat freshmen blast Arrows


WATERTOWN – The Bobcat offense racked up 396 yards of total offense and the defense did not give up a score in the final three quarters as Brookings beat Watertown 36-14 in a freshman football game Thursday.

The Bobcats overcame some early adversity, trailing 14-8 after the first quarter.

The Bobcats’ first offensive possession was slowed by a penalty and they had to punt. Watertown scored on a big pass play to take an early 6-0 lead.

The Bobcats answered back and scored when Jaxton Eck plunged in from 2 yards out. Justin Cofell added the two-point conversion to give the Bobcats an 8-6 lead.

The Bobcat defense stopped Watertown on the next drive. The Watertown defense came up big with an interception return for a touchdown and a lead of 14-8.

The second quarter was dominated by the Bobcats. Cofell connected with Tyson Brandt on a 33-yard pass play for a touchdown to take back the lead 16-14. Later in the second quarter, Max Hoppe extended the lead with a 5-yard touchdown run. The Bobcats led 24-14 at the half.

Watertown was unable to muster a drive together to start the third quarter. The Bobcat offensive line took over with a 12-play drive that consumed most of the third quarter. Sam Hardin finished off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.

The Bobcats continued their scoring ways in the fourth quarter when Israel Caldron dashed 30 yards to paydirt for the final score.

Leading the way for the Bobcat offense was Eck. He rushed for 105 yards and added 30 receiving. Cofell added 62 rushing yards and completed five passes for 105 yards. Caldron added 45 yards on the ground. Brandt caught three passes for 75 yards.

Colton Read and Sam Hardin each had five tackles to lead the defense. Matt Nordmeyer, Dillen Sheeley and Carter Wright chipped in with four stops each. Jackson Hoffman added an interception.

The Bobcats play host to Mitchell on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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