Kerens – The Kerens Bobcats utilized three quarterbacks and a bevy of underclassmen in route to dominating the Valley Mills Eagles 47-0 at A.G. Godley Stadium.

Any concern Kerens fans have regarding the athleticism of the 2008 version of the Bobcats can be put to rest after the impressive showing on both sides of the ball.

“We had a tremendous speed advantage over Valley Mills,” Kerens head coach Russell Anderson said. “The guys did a great job of executing the game plan.”

Anderson pulled Patrick Faulk and several other players with about seven minutes remaining in the third quarter after the Bobcats went up 38-0. But the back-up players were still too much for the visiting Eagles.

“Ryan Leerskov and Jayveon William did an excellent job of running the offense as back-up quarterbacks,” Anderson said. “The extra playing time is good for those guys to gain much needed experience as they are both sophomores.”

An important factor in the game that could have worked to Valley Mills advantage was that senior running back Byron Mitchell did not suit up due to the coaching staff making a decision to rest him for future contests. Mitchell was All-District running back in 2007 and has three years of varsity experience.

“Byron will be ready in a couple of weeks,” Anderson said. “We didn’t want to expose him to injury so we decided to play it safe.”

Faulk had an impressive night going 6 out of 9 passing for 170 yards and tossing four touchdowns through the air. He also had two touchdowns on the ground with 64 yards on just 5 carries.

Sophomore Micheal Jordan filled in nice, starting at running back for Mitchell, as he slashed the Eagles defense for an 18 yard per carry average and was on the receiving end of two Faulk passes for touchdowns. Jordan hit pay dirt late in the second quarter on a beautifully executed screen pass and raced 56 yards for his first score and followed with a 19 yard reception with 8:18 left in the third. Jordan also had an interception 4 yards deep in the end zone to stop Valley Mills only legitimate threat of scoring and returned the ball 77 yards into Eagles territory.

Anderson praised his offensive linemen for a job well done, “our offensive front executed exceptionally well tonight … they gave us plenty of time to pass the ball and created some huge running lanes for our backs.

Another Bobcats sophomore stepped up in a relief role as Blake McClure slashed the Eagles defense for 77 yards on seven carries and a 28 yard touchdown.

“Blake was going to be our starting JV running back but we brought him up so we would have a back-up due to Mitchell being out,” Anderson said. “He earned his spot tonight … he is a very intelligent young man and he plays hard nosed on every play.”

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