After Thayer's dominating victory over SCA rival Mountain Grove last week, and with all of the distractions of this week's activities in preparation for the Homecoming 2010, one might expect a slight let down on the playing field for the Bobcats.
Quite the contrary.
After the crowning of this year's homecoming queen (Lacey Hawkins), the Bobcats took the opening kickoff and began surgery on the Houston Tigers.
The young Tigers did not have a chance as the Bobcats dissected, slashed, gashed and bashed the Tiger defense early and often.
And by the time the homecoming dance was ready to begin, Thayer had a one-sided 64--7 victory in its hip pocket.
The Bobcats took advantage of great field position on the opening kick with their ground game. Bobcat running back Cameron Carey banged into the Tiger line for a couple of short gains, Jeremy Cabrales blasted up the middle for seven more and then Lucas Risner ripped into the Houston secondary for 20 yards.
Carey broke clear around the left end, avoided the linebackers and ran over two Tiger defenders to break the plane of the goal, putting the first six points on the board for the Bobcats.
The point after attempt from Cabrales was accurate, staking the Cats to a 7--0 lead.
The Bobcat defense won the battle in the trenches, penetrating the Tiger backfield for stops and forcing Houston to punt.
Thayer quarterback Jared Foley stepped back and tossed a perfect pass to Dylan Dennis in the flat for a second Bobcat score with just under six minutes left in the first quarter. The point after attempt was for a 14-0 Bobcat advantage.
Carey picked off a Tiger screen pass, giving possession of the ball and good field position back to the Green machine. Two plays later, Carey gashed through the Tiger defense for a 42-yard TD run.
With 65 ticks left on the first period clock, Conner Blair cut off down field blocks from Cody Ollar and Dennis to zip in for a 35--yard blast. Cabrales' point after attempt curved slightly wide, but Thayer still had a 27--0 lead at the end of one.
The Bobcat defense held the Tigers to three quick plays and out.
Carey picked his way past defenders and blasted into the end zone to put Thayer on top 34--0.
As time ticked away in the second quarter, Coach Billy Webber took advantage of the opportunity to prepare for the future and get some combat experience for some of the younger team members.
Returning THS alumni were able to visit, enjoy the Thayer dance team and the Bobcat pride marching band's halftime performances, before the Green team continued to execute offensive plays for scores, in preparation for district play next week, dismantling the Tigers 64--7.
Now, the real season starts.
The Bobcats travel to Hayti for the start of district action on Oct. 15.