BROOKINGS – The Bobcat freshmen football team picked up its first win in comeback fashion on Thursday.
Breck Hirrschoff led the comeback late in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to Owen Schneider. The pass play covered 21 yards and gave the Bobcats a 18-14 lead. The Brookings kick coverage pinned Watertown deep in its own territory. Hirrschoff intercepted a pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown to seal the Bobcat victory.
Watertown grabbed the lead on the opening drive of the game on a long touchdown run. The Bobcats were able to answer with a touchdown of their own on the next drive when Austin Clark scored on a 25-yard run. The two-point conversion was no good and Watertown led 8-6 after one quarter.
The Arrows were threatening to score again, but the drive was ended when Samson Flakus recovered a fumble for the Bobcats. Jack Merritt put Brookings ahead with a touchdown run of 5 yards and the Bobcats led at the half by a score of 12-8.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle until Watertown took advantage of a Bobcat interception. Watertown added the lone points in the third quarter and led 14-12.
The Bobcats controlled the fourth quarter and along with plays made by Hirrschoff, Flakus added a quarterback sack and Schneider added an interception to help the Bobcat defensive effort. Malachi Ramey chipped in with four tackles on defense.
The Bobcats piled up 289 yards of total offense led by Hirrschoff with 63 yards passing and 42 yards receiving. Schneider had 88 yards receiving and 26 rushing yards. Merritt contributed 53 yards rushing.
The Bobcats have a record of 1-1 and travel to Mitchell today. Game time is slated for 3:30.