On a perfect night for football, the Thayer coaching staff, along with the Bobcat faithful, got their first look at the 2009 Cats.
And the Thayer varsity football team looked pretty good Aug. 21 at Liberty High School, in the annual jamboree scrimmage.
The Bobcat defense only allowed Cabool one first down in the first set. Then things switched to the Bobcat offense.
Cameron Cary blasted through the Bulldog defensive line and then into the secondary for a long run to the end zone.
Josh Huckabee cut loose for a huge gainer before being edged out of bounds. Huckabee then followed the lead blocks from the Bobcat offensive line to cross the goal line standing up on the next play.
Changing opponents, the entire Bobcat D-line applied strong pressure up the middle, keeping the Willow Springs quarterback in check.
Garrett Brewer led a sack attack, with Cotham and the entire defense also in close pursuit.
The Bobcat offense used a mix of runs and good pass blocking from the O-line to allow young Bobcat quarterback Jared Foley time to find K-San (Kevin Sandridge) for a catch and good run to the end zone.
The good hands of Tommy Martin netted another TD with a slant pass over the middle and across the stripe.
On the final scrimmage set, the Liberty Eagles coaching staff opted to keep their starting varsity team in reserve and only play the JV team. This gave Coach Marc Pitts and head coach Billy Webber a chance to look at the younger players and give them a chance to compete.
The Eagles JV were able to get into the end zone a couple of times and hold the young and inexperienced Bobcat JV in check.
The young Bobcats showed well, but also exposed some areas which will need continued work before this week's season-opener vs. Springfield Central at Thayer on Aug. 28.
For more on how the Bobcats, along with other area teams, are getting ready for the new fall season, check out Kickoff 2009, inserted in this issue of the South Missourian News. Photo/Looney