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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

DON'T GET IN OUR WAY: After taking down Mountain Grove at home in week two, the Thayer Bobcats traveled to Malden and steamrolled the Greenwave 41-12 Sept. 12, giving Thayer a perfect 3-0 record. Photo/Looney
For the second time on the young 2008 football season, the Thayer Bobcats took to the road and spoiled the host team's home opener.

And once again, the Cats did it in a big way.

After climbing all over Springfield Central in week one, the Cats hit the highway and made the long trip to Malden Sept. 13 for Thayer's second road trip in the first three weeks of the season.

And although this trip was to the Bootheel instead of the central part of the state, the result was largely the same, as Thayer whipped the Greenwave 41-12 to improve to 3-0 on the year.

A big second-quarter explosion saw to that.

The Bobcats racked up 21 points in the second frame, knocking Malden back on its heels to turn a close game into a rout.

The Jacob Eckman-to-Luke Martin combo was particularly lethal to the Greenwave in the second quarter, with Martin catching two TD passes from Eckman in the frame.

For the game, Eckman was eight-of-nine for 114 yards through the air, while Martin reeled in four of those passes for 71 yards. This was basically in a little over a half of play, as the Bobcat starters got a breather for the bigger part of the second half.

Thayer churned out 369 yards of offense in the contest.

Not to be outdone, Thayer's defense once again looked great under the bright lights, holding the speedy Greenwave to under 145 yards of total offense on the game.

It didn't take long for this defense to get cranking, either.

Playing with a bum shoulder, Cameron Carey still managed to drill Malden running back Raphael Jones for a 4-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Thayer 35 early in the first quarter.

With the ball in their possession, the Cats moved from their own 40 to the Malden 6 in eight plays. Eckman finished things from there with a QB keeper at the 2:02 point of the first quarter for the first points of the night. Ethan Leisenring kicked the PAT to give Thayer a 7-0 lead.

Carey made sure this lead stood after one period with a sack of Malden quarterback Caleb Loughery for an 11-yard loss right before the end of the frame.

Then it was Air Cats in the second quarter.

Eckman hit Martin for a 20-yard touchdown on Thayer's first series of the second to give the Bobcats a two-touchdown lead.

Thayer extended its lead after the Bobcats held Malden to a three-and-out on the Greenwave's next series.

Eckman hit Josh Huckabee (41 yards rushing) with a 23-yard pass that pushed the ball near Malden's goal line. After a penalty pushed the pigskin back to the 12, Eckman fired a TD strike to Lance Schneider (29 yards receiving) at the 7:10 mark of the second. Eckman ran the 2-point conversion in to give Thayer a 21-zip lead over a stunned Greenwave.

But, capable of striking in a flash, Malden did just that a couple of snaps later.

Jones broke off a 63-yard touchdown run along the left sideline to get Malden on the board. The extra-point was no good, leaving the Greenwave in a 21-6 hole.

And that hole would get bigger.

Martin caught a couple more passes from Eckman, one for 31 yards, as Thayer moved the ball onto Malden's side of the field late in the first half. Martin then reeled in an 8-yard strike on first-and-goal at the 3:16 mark to extended the Cats' lead. Leisenring's extra-point put Thayer on top 28-6 at the break.

The Bobcats made it 35-6 early in the third quarter on a 27-yard TD run from Patrick Sims. And to seal the deal, Kevin Sandridge crossed the goal line from a yard out on first-and-goal with 8:43 left in the game, giving the Cats a commanding 41-6 advantage.

Malden did get its second touchdown of the game with 1:46 left on a 1-yard run from Brad Reed, setting the final tally at 41-12, Thayer.

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