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THAYER 47, HOUSTON 27 ... Bobcats run over Tigers

Thursday, October 1, 2009

TOPSIDE: Josh Huckabee flips over the top of Bryan Tate and into the end against Liberty last week. Huckabee and the Cats' big offensive line were at it again, putting up big numbers in a 20-point win over Houston Sept. 25. Photo/Mullins
For a team that's had precious little in the way of a consistent starting lineup through the first five weeks of the season, the Thayer Bobcats have sure proven they are one consistent bunch -- regardless of who is on the field.

And that trend continued Sept. 25 with a trip to the Mellman Sports Complex and a clash with the Houston Tigers.

Once again hanging its hat on a brutal running attack, keyed by the ever-present smash-mouth play of their offensive line, the Bobcats (4-1) hammered the Tigers 47-27, keeping Houston winless on the season.

Although the turf in Houston was slick and muddy, Thayer found it just to its liking. The Cats put up 543 yards of total offense for the game, 466 coming on the ground.

Josh Huckabee had yet another career night, running for almost 300 yards and scoring four touchdowns on the night. Ethan Leisenring also notched outstanding numbers running the ball, accounting for 160 yards and two TDs in the game.

This despite the fact that the anchor of Thayer's offensive line, Big Eli Martin, was out due to a shoulder injury. Running back and defensive standout Cameron Carey also sat out the Houston game with an injury, while Jeremy Cabrales, Carey's replacement in the backfield, missed the second half of the game after being shaken up in the first half.

Still once again, the Bobcats mixed and matched enough players to have a successful outing.

The Bobcats wasted little time in getting started, as Thayer took the opening kick and drove 65 yards in five plays for the game's first points. Huckabee ran in from 10 yards out to cap the scoring drive. Leisenring booted the PAT and Thayer led 7-0.

One series later, Thayer quarterback Jared Foley hit Huckabee for a 28-yard TD pass to add to the Cats' total. Leisenring's extra-point gave Thayer a 14-0 cushion.

Houston got on the scoreboard just before the end of the first quarter thanks to an 18-yard TD run from Tiger quarterback Kyle Poynter. The PAT was blocked, leaving Thayer on top 14-6 after one.

The Bobcats took a 21-6 lead to intermission by scoring the only points of the second quarter.

Foley used a nifty quarterback scramble that was good for 20 yards on fourth down, to set up Thayer's next touchdown of the night.

Huckabee crossed the goal line from 10 yards out to give the Bobcats a two-touchdown lead at the half.

It looked like the Tigers might chop into that lead, as Houston drove deep into Bobcat territory on their next possession.

But Foley foiled those plans by picking off Poynter at the Thayer 20-yard line.

Thayer also had a good chance for more points before the half, but the Tigers stopped the Cats at the Houston 5-yard line, leaving the visitors with a 21-6 lead at the break.

Thayer added another touchdown to its lead midway into the third on a 37-yard blast by Huckabee. Leisenring knocked down the PAT and Thayer held a 28-6 lead.

But Houston didn't give up.

The Tigers' spread offense looked much better in the last two quarters then it did in the first two, as Poynter started to air the ball out. Poynter threw for 214 yards in the game.

The Tigers used a 62-yard drive to find their first points of the second half, a march wrapped up with a 2-yard QB keeper by Poynter with 5:20 left in the frame. Poynter then hit Jesse Setters with the 2-point conversion pass to make it 28-14, Thayer.

Then it was Thayer's turn at more points.

Leisenring ripped off a huge 45-yard run for a score on Thayer's next possession, keeping the Cats in front 35-14.

The see-saw scoring in the third quarter ended with Setters hauling in a 34-yard TD pass from Poynter right before the end of the frame, leaving the Bobcats on top 35-21 heading into the final stanza.

Two more touchdowns in the fourth let Thayer put the game on ice.

Leisenring scored from five yards out on second-and-goal, while Foley tacked on a 1-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown, boosting Thayer in front 47-21.

The Tigers got one last score on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Poynter to Setters late in the game, making the final score 47-27, Bobcats.

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