Those in attendance for the Thayer and Houston varsity football game on Sept. 13 could look at the sheer physical size of the Houston Tigers and know that the Bobcats had their work cut out for them.
To the delight of the Thayer coaching staff and the home fans in the stands, the Bobcats showed no intimidation and seemingly dominated the contest, winning by a score of 29-8 and allowing the junior varsity to play most of the fourth quarter.
"We were pleased for the second week in a row with the effort of our offensive and defensive lines against a team with great size," said Bobcat Head Coach Billy Webber.
Bobcat Jarad Gaines took the opening kickoff and raced 70 yards for a touchdown. This TD was nullified by a penalty, but it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the evening by allowing the Bobcats to gain momentum from the start and extend their season record to 2-0.
Tim Eckman was chosen by the Thayer coaching staff as the offensive player of the game. Eckman completed 6-of-12 pass attempts for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Eckman also had a 10-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.
"Our offense attack was pretty balanced again. We had 136 yards passing and 157 on the ground. We can be hard for people to defend when we have that kind of balance," said Webber.
Eckman has completed 16-of-30 passes for 321 yards and three TDs on the year.
Matt Martin put on another outstanding offensive display by catching three passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns off 4 and 24 yards respectively.
Martin also scored on a 55-yard punt return. He has scored five of Thayer's seven touchdowns on the season.
Jarad Gaines had two receptions for 33 yards, and Carl Hunter had a catch for 47 yards.
Paul Brewer led the Bobcats in rushing with 48 yards on 15 carries.
The Bobcats had co-defensive players of the game against Houston.
Logan Underwood led the Bobcats with two solo and eight assisted tackles including one for a loss. Underwood also contributed to the scoreboard by going three-for-three on PAT attempts.
Jason Bowers was also selected for defensive honors with three solo and seven assisted tackles.
Underwood and Bowers did a great job of leading the charge for the Bobcat defensive line.
Jarad Gaines was named hitman of the week, a title he has held numerous times in the past for the pain he inflects on Bobcat opponents.
The Bobcats forced two turnovers from Houston.
"Our defense played well. We managed to get a lot of our people after their quarterback," said Webber.
Thayer travels to Diamond on Sept. 20.
"That's a long trip. We need to stay mentally focused on the game and be ready to play when we get there," said Webber.