WEEK THREE: Coming off the upset loss to the Texas Colts, the Tomball Bobcats look to make amends when they host the Texas Red Raiders this weekend at home at Concordia HS. The Texas Red Raiders, however look to keep the pace coming off a 44-0 win over the Houston Titans, another divison rival the Bobcats look forward to later in the season.
SUMMARY:The Tomball Bobcats continued their 2017 season on March 4, 2017 with a rain soaked 12-6 OT loss to the Texas Red Raiders dropping the Bobcats to 1-2 in early regular season play. The Bobcats have gotten off to a rocky start, but finding success is rarely without its challenges. Starting quarterback, #6 Mike Kee, was injured in week 1 ending his season, and pre-season starter Robert Vines has been out with a pectoral muscle tear, but plans to be back in week 4. This has been a major hurdle for the coaching staff, but #2 Brandon "Dingo" Wilson has stepping up and transitioned from wide receiver to play Quarterback along with starting cornerback, #21 Jalen Richard sharing time under center for the Bobcats.
Rain and cold weather moved into the stadium right before kickoff but the electricity was flowing as two of the top teams in the TUFA were poised for a show down. The Bobcats received the opening kickoff, and the weather would play a pivotal role from the start as the wet ball was fielded but not returned as it rolled out of bounds inside the 5 yard line. The Red Raiders defense took advantage of the great field position and forced a punting situation early for the Bobcats. Bobcats punter, #13 Shamus Donahoe, got off a good punt but a better return would place the Red Raiders back on the Bobcats 30 yard line, and in good position to open the game. Tomball's defense held strong, but mental mistakes have been a struggle for the young team. On a third and long situation a defensive encroachment penalty gave new life to the Red Raiders as they converted the 3rd and short inside the 5 yard line. The Raiders were able to put the ball into the end zone with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first quarter, bringing the score to 6-0.
The score remained locked at 6-0 as defense was the name of the game on both sides of the ball for the remainder of the half. Tomball's running game came to life in the third quarter, led by #33 Earl "Munchie" Nixon along with #28 Art Arias, #5 Rene Fernandez, and FB #42 Thomas Lemberg. The ground pounding Bobcats pushed their way into field goal range on two separate occasions. The first attempt would sail wide left, but Kicker #13 Shamus Donahue wouldn't allow the second to be squandered. On a 4th and long situation he would nail the 33 yard field goal to bring the Bobcats within 3 of the Red Raiders in the third quarter with the score 6-3.
The defense would dominate for both teams for the remainder of the game as the ball possession would go back and forth until late in the 4th quarter. Another great drive was sparked by Dingo Wilson and on the legs of Munchie Nixon as the Bobcats appeared to be in great position to take the lead and control of the game. Tomball charged to within 5 yards of a score that would put them on top with only minutes remaining, but hopes of a touchdown came to an end when a wild snap soared over the head of Wilson and turned a short opportunity into a long one. After a couple good runs by Munchie, Tomball was able to stay within field goal range allowing Shamus Donahue to come through once again with a clutch kick tying the game at 6-6, and sending the game into overtime.
The Red Raiders won the coin toss in overtime and elected to receive the ball first. Once again the defense from both teams caused an offensive struggle. Tomball's defense would force the punt situation on the first position for the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders defense returned the favor and held the Bobcats to three plays, but a personal foul on the Bobcats would add even more pressure as it put them punting out of their own end zone giving the Red Raiders another short field. A couple quick passes found the Red Raiders on 2nd down at the Bobcats 5 yard line. The following run play resulted in what was arguably a fumble forced by defensive back #11, Jeremy Moody, but was called a dead ball at the 3 yardline. It would take the entire following series for the Red Raiders to make it to the Bobcats 1 yard line, but after a great goal line stand the Red Raiders would eventually punch it in on 4th and goal to win the game 12-6.
Tomball travels to play the Houston Titans (1-2) this Saturday at 6:00pm in Texas City, TX. Visit the game page for the details, game summary, photos, and highlights HERE.