By Richard Bravo
Copper Basin News
The fourth ranked Ray Bearcats remained undefeated as they routed their rival Hayden Lobos 48-14 Friday night in front of a packed house at Dave Mcfee Memorial stadium. The Bearcats started the scoring in the first quarter as Joe Rudy Lorona gave the Bearcats the point lead as he scrambled 5 yards for the first score of the game. The two point conversion by Dominic Bravo put the ‘Cats up 8-0 early in the game. After being held to no yards on their second offensive possession the Lobos were forced to punt from deep in their own territory. A bad snap on the attempt gave the Bearcats the ball in excellent field possession and on the very next play the ‘Cats extended the lead on a 5-yard end around by wide receiver Bravo. A successful two point conversion by quarterback Destry Yocum put the cats up 16-0 at the end of one quarter of play.
The start of the second quarter of play began the same way as the first. It ended with the Bearcats finding the end zone as the cats drove 68 yards down the field, capping the drive on a 20-yard run by Lorona for his second touchdown of the game. The two point conversion by running back Nick Lara gave the cats a 24-0 lead with 10:54 left in the first half. The Lobos responded half way through the quarter as Lobo running back Aaron Lagunas ran 24 yards for the Lobos first score of the game. The two point conversion cut the Bearcat lead to 16. With time winding down in the first half the Bearcats went to the air as Yocum connected with receiver Seth Harmon on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The Bearcats completed the two point conversion giving them a commanding 32-8 lead at the half.
Both teams came out in the third quarter exchanging possessions as both teams went scoreless heading into the final quarter of play.
With the score still 32-8 in at the start of the fourth quarter Bearcat quarterback Yocum capped a 9 play 60-yard drive as he ran the ball from 10 yards out. Paul Michael Wormwood added two points on the conversion attempt giving the ‘Cats a 40-8 lead with 11:54 remaining in the game. After a turnover on downs by the Lobos on their ensuing possession the ‘Cats put the game out of reach as Yocum scored his second rush touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run. Yocum connected with Harmon on the two point conversion giving the Bearcats a 48-8 lead with 8:17 left in the fourth quarter. The Lobos tried to mount a comeback as running back Lagunas broke free for a 50-yard touchdown but with time winding down the Lobos came up short. The clock hit zeros and the Bearcats rolled to a 48-14 homecoming victory.
Leading the offense was Yocum who found the end zone three times, rushing for two and passing for another. Yocum was the leading rusher as he carried the ball 10 times for 130 yards. Lorona rushed twice for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Bravo added one rush for 5 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Bravo led with six tackles and an interception. Yocum, Wormwood, and Ryan Bickley each had four tackles. Harmon and Jacob pace had three tackles each.
The Bearcats travel to Ft. Thomas this Friday to try to extend their winning streak to five in a row. Game time is 7 p.m. Good Luck Bearcats!