GRAPELAND — The Kerens Bobcats rode into Grapeland last night looking to tune up their game for district play, however, an explosion of offensive fireworks from both squads resulted in a track-meet style contest as the Sandies defeated the Bobcats, 42-40.

The teams combined for 1,083 yards of total offense in an event which saw Grapeland (3-1) jump out to an early 14-0 lead with 4:47 left in the opening quarter.

Kerens (2-2) responded with 33 unanswered points to end the first half with the Bobcats leading 33-14.

Kerens senior quarterback Austin Bell left it all on the field last night in Grapeland, accounting for 452 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Bell had a huge night leading his team, rushing for 262 yards on 11 carries (23.8 yards per carry average) and passing for 190. The team captain connected on three touchdown passes of 10, 20, and 67 yards respectively and rushed for another two in runs of 59 and four yards.

Teammate Byron Mitchell chipped in with 126 yards rushing on 19 carries in an impressive outing.

The Bobcat defense had its bright spots during the contest as junior linebacker Justin Graham recorded several big hits and timely tackles. Graham also had an interception to thwart one of the Sandies’ drives.

The scoreboard saw a break in the third quarter with no team reaching the end zone, but the final stanza of play made up for the short cease fire.

Grapeland quarterback Tarrence Faulk came alive, passing for 220 yards and 4 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, to seal the victory for the Sandies. Faulk connected on strikes of 13, 48, 58 and 59 in the final 12 minutes of play.

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