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November 7, 2012

GC Game of Week: Bobcats to play for share of the 6-1A DII title

Kerens goes into Friday’s game with chance at No. 1 seed

Corsicana — The Kerens Bobcats will play for a share of the District 6-1A DII title on Friday night.

Back on Oct. 12, when the Bobcats let a 11-point second-half lead slip away in a 33-30 loss to Cayuga, there was some doubt that Kerens would be in this position. Except in the Kerens’ locker room.

The Bobcats rallied together, won three straight games and with Italy’s win over Cayuga, go into Friday’s game in Kerens with a chance at a No. 1 seed in the playoffs win a win of four points or more against the Gladiators (with a top seed comes a first-round in the playoffs).

Kerens (5-4, 3-1) is right where it thought it would be when the schedule came out. Italy (5-4, 4-0) can win the district title outright with a win. The Bobcats will make their fifth straight playoff appearances win or lose Friday night.

“We felt like it would come down to the last game of the season and that it would be Italy, Cayuga and Kerens,” Kerens coach Russell Anderson said. “All three teams are pretty good.”

The Bobcats have rattled off three straight wins over Dallas Gateway, Cross Roads and Itasca. Kerens outscored those three teams 117-32.

 “It’s given us confidence,” Anderson said. “A better work ethic. We have a better overall mental outlook.”

Each game means improvement for sophomore quarterback Nate Betts, who has passed for 729 yards and rushed for 1,123 yards. He’s thrown nine touchdown passes, and while Betts has 12 interceptions, he keeps making progress.

“He’s improved quite a bit,” Anderson said. “He analyzes himself. He’s hard on himself. He executes. He does better protecting ball. He’s very competitive.”

Italy has a dazzling one-two punch with quarterback Marvin Cox and tailback Ryheem Walker. Cox, a transfer from Ennis, has played in five games and has passed for 610 yards and rushed for 373 yards. Walker has rushed for 1,153 yards and 12 touchdowns.  

“They carry the load for us,” Hollywood said.

Anderson agrees. “It boils down to tackling their quarterback and running back,” he said. “We have to get them down.”

The Bobcats defense also keeps getting better, allowing two touchdowns or less in four of their last five games.

The defensive line has been a surprise, Anderson said, with Dylan Woods and Tavion Hall anchoring the Bobcats up front. Mike Kline has played well at linebackee. Cornerback Zack Duncan has three interceptions in district as opponents have been avoiding the other corner, Kevin Townsel.

“Zack’s won a lot of those battles,” Anderson said.

There are several scenarios for the Bobcats as far as playoff seeding Friday. All of them involved Kerens making the playoffs.The Kerens Bobcats will play for a share of the District 6-1A DII title on Friday night.

Back on Oct. 12, when the Bobcats let a 11-point second-half lead slip away in a 33-30 loss to Cayuga, there was some doubt that Kerens would be in this position. Except in the Kerens’ locker room.

The Bobcats rallied together, won three straight games and with Italy’s win over Cayuga, go into Friday’s game in Kerens with a chance at a No. 1 seed in the playoffs win a win of four points or more against the Gladiators (with a top seed comes a first-round in the playoffs).

Kerens (5-4, 3-1) is right where it thought it would be when the schedule came out. Italy (5-4, 4-0) can win the district title outright with a win. The Bobcats will make their fifth straight playoff appearances win or lose Friday night.

“We felt like it would come down to the last game of the season and that it would be Italy, Cayuga and Kerens,” Kerens coach Russell Anderson said. “All three teams are pretty good.”

The Bobcats have rattled off three straight wins over Dallas Gateway, Cross Roads and Itasca. Kerens outscored those three teams 117-32.

 “It’s given us confidence,” Anderson said. “A better work ethic. We have a better overall mental outlook.”

Each game means improvement for sophomore quarterback Nate Betts, who has passed for 729 yards and rushed for 1,123 yards. He’s thrown nine touchdown passes, and while Betts has 12 interceptions, he keeps making progress.

“He’s improved quite a bit,” Anderson said. “He analyzes himself. He’s hard on himself. He executes. He does better protecting ball. He’s very competitive.”

Italy has a dazzling one-two punch with quarterback Marvin Cox and tailback Ryheem Walker. Cox, a transfer from Ennis, has played in five games and has passed for 610 yards and rushed for 373 yards. Walker has rushed for 1,153 yards and 12 touchdowns.  

“They carry the load for us,” Hollywood said.

Anderson agrees. “It boils down to tackling their quarterback and running back,” he said. “We have to get them down.”

The Bobcats defense also keeps getting better, allowing two touchdowns or less in four of their last five games.

The defensive line has been a surprise, Anderson said, with Dylan Woods and Tavion Hall anchoring the Bobcats up front. Mike Kline has played well at linebackee. Cornerback Zack Duncan has three interceptions in district as opponents have been avoiding the other corner, Kevin Townsel.

“Zack’s won a lot of those battles,” Anderson said.

There are several scenarios for the Bobcats as far as playoff seeding Friday. All of them involved Kerens making the playoffs.

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