Bobcats make it three in a row with win at Pierce City
Defense wins championships.
And thatís just what the Thayer Bobcats leaned on en route to a third straight Class 1 District 2 championship with a 14-0 road win at Pierce City Nov. 3.
The Cats limited previously unbeaten and high-flying Pierce City to under 50 yards of total offense in the district title tilt and posted its fourth shutout victory of the season .
That, folks, is pretty salty defense.
The victory improves Thayerís record to 9-3 on the season and sets the Bobcats up with another meeting with the Valle Catholic Warriors in the Class 1 state quarterfinals on Nov. 11.
The loss ends Pierce Cityís season at 11-1.
Really, other than a miscue on the very first play of the night when third-seeded Thayer fumbled the opening kick and the top-seeded Eagles recovered it, the Bobcats played mistake-free football for the most part in the game.
The teams traded punts in the first quarter in a theme that would be repeated for most of the night.
Thayer did have the last say in the first quarter as the Cats put together a 10-play, 66-yard scoring drive late in the frame.
Powered by a couple of big runs from Jett Haven, plus some tough yards up the middle by Blake Meizler and Garrett Young, Thayer hit paydirt on a 1-yard blast from Young on first-and-goal at the 47-second mark. Andrew Perez kicked the point-after and the visitors led 7-0.
Neither team had much success at moving the ball in the second quarter as both defenses refused to budge.
Thayer took that 7-zip lead to intermission after the Eagles were held to just 25 yards of offense in the first half.
It was more of the same in the third quarter, with each side taking turns punting the pigskin to each other.
Pierce City did manage to fashion together a drive that pushed the football all the way deep into Thayer territory early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles made it to the Bobcat 16-yard line, but an incomplete pass on fourth-and-5 ended the drive, giving the ball back to Thayer.
The Bobcats then went on a 13-play, 84-yard drive that ate up over six minutes off the game clock to put the game on ice.
On second-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Young scored his second TD of the night, this one with 3:29 left to play. Perez nailed the PAT and that set the final score at 14-0, Thayer.
Young racked up 114 yards rushing in the game.
Valle Catholic drilled the Hayti Indians, 42-18, in the Class 1 District 1 championship the same night to earn another trip to the state quarterfinals and matchup with Thayer.