Thayer Bobcats remain undefeated with another shutout
On Friday, Oct. 4, the Thayer Bobcats played their first game since the sudden loss of Assistant Coach Bryan Tate. The Bobcats have dedicated the remainder of the season in memory of Coach Tate. In a show of solidarity, several area schools wore green on Friday.
The Bobcats added their third shutout (three in a row) when they defeated the Cabool Bulldogs 27-0 at Cabool. Thayer moved to 6-0 for the season and 4-0 in district. Cabool is now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in district. Thayer is ranked 44th in the State of Missouri.
Jesse White opened up the scoring for Thayer with a 9-yard reception from a pass thrown by Jayce Haven at the 3:29 minute mark in the quarter. The point after attempt was unsuccessful. The next score by the Bobcats came at the 7:01 mark in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by quarterback Haven. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. Haven scored again in the second quarter with 1:08 remaining in the first half on a 21-yard run. Haven then connected with Arthur Tate for the two-point conversion to make the score 20-0 at the half. In the fourth quarter, Haven scored his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run at the 10:41 mark. Kale Willison kicked the point after to make the final score 27-0.
Haven was very efficient in his rushing for the evening. He gained 136 yards on 8 carries for a 17 yard per carry average. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 85 yards. Jackson Willison carried 5 times for 38 yards and a 7.6 yards per carry average. Logan Doss had the most carries for the Bobcats with 9 for 33 net yards and a 3.7 yards per carry average. Jordan Madden had 5 carries for 28 yards and a 5.6 yards per carry average. Grimes had 5 carries for 20 yards and a 4.0 yards per carry average. Tate had 1 carry for 17 yards. Madden, Grimes, White, Tate and Doss each had one pass reception. Grimes reception went for 51 yards, and the Doss reception was for 22 yards. The other three receptions were for short yardage. Tate’s reception was for 3 yards on a two-point conversion. Madden had a kickoff return of 12 yards. Haven was involved in all four touchdowns. He threw one touchdown pass and ran for the other three. White was on the receiving end of the touchdown pass.
Haven punted one time for 38 yards. Kale Willison kicked off 5 times for 203 yards and a 40.6 yard per kickoff average. He made one of two points after touchdown kicks.
For the game, Thayer attempted 10 passes and completed 5 for 85 yards. Cabool threw 14 times and completed 8 for 59 yards. The Bobcats rushed 33 times for 272 yards, and the Bulldogs rushed 22 times for 22 yards for a 1 yard per carry against a stiff Bobcat rush defense. Thayer had a total offensive production of 357 yards and held the Bulldogs under 100 yards with the Bulldogs only generating 81 in total offense for the game. Thayer made 15 first downs to Cabool’s 4. The Bobcats did turn the ball over 3 times. Cabool lost the ball 4 times on turnovers. Thayer was penalized 7 times for 70 yards, and Cabool was penalized 5 times for 40 yards.
The Bobcats are now 3-0 at home and 3-0 on the road.
The Thayer Bobcats have an away conference game at Ava (Missouri) on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Both teams come into the game with undefeated records. Ava is currently 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference. The teams enter the game with Thayer ranked 44th in the state and Ava ranked 45th.
In Missouri Class 1 Ranking, Thayer is currently ranked second behind number one ranked Lincoln which received all 9 votes for the number one position. In Class 2, Ava is currently ranked 6th.