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Bobcats best Bulldogs

Thursday, October 24, 2002

The Thayer Bobcats improved to 6-1 on the football season Oct. 18, as they traveled to Cabool to take on the Bulldogs.

Despite a sluggish first half, the Bobcats left Cabool with a 42-20 win.

The 'Dogs proved to be a worthy opponent the first half as they led Thayer by a score of 13-12 at the halftime intermission.

When the Bobcats returned to the field to start the second half, they were a completely different team, exploding for 30 second half points while holding Cabool to 7 for a 42-20 victory.

Much of the 'Cats' success in the second half was due to the leadership of senior running back Jarad Gaines, who was named as the offensive player of the game and hitman of the week by the Thayer coaching staff.

Gaines rushed for 138 yards on 15 carries and was on the receiving end of three passes for 33 yards.

Gaines scored two touchdowns for the Bobcats and made a solo tackle in the end zone that resulted in a safety for Thayer.

Kyle Goetting ran the ball 16 times for 86 yards and Josh Garrison carried the pigskin nine times for 49 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Tim Eckman completed 12 of 18 passes for 195 yards and one TD.

Wide receiver Matt Martin caught six balls for 111 yards and one touchdown.

The Bobcats rang up 476 yards of total offense -- 195 in the air and 281 on the ground.

Josh Garrison was named the defensive player of the game for the second week in a row. Garrison had seven solo and five assisted tackles.

Jarad Gaines had a great performance on the defensive side of the ball with four solo and seven assisted tackles.

Brett Ward came off the bench to play safety and made a significant contribution of three solo and four assisted tackles.

The Bobcats begin district play Oct. 25 at home as they host Ash Grove, currently the number two ranked team in 1A football in the state.

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