Ray Bearcats triumph over Phoenix Day School, 52-28

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By Richard Bravo

Copper Basin News

Friday night for the Bearcats consisted of rain, lightning, and plenty of points as they stormed into Roadrunner territory and came away with the victory. The Bearcats dominated the first half putting up 38 points and allowing just six. Joe Rudy Lorona was in for injured quarterback Destry Yocum. He scored the first and only touchdown of the first quarter on a keeper from 8 yards out. The two point pass from Lorona to Dominic Bravo gave the Bearcats a 6-0 lead going into the second quarter of play.

The Bearcats did not take long to extend the lead as punt returner Bravo got his first of four touchdowns of the night taking the Roadrunner punt 50 yards for the score. Nick Lara converted the two point attempt giving the Bearcats a 16-0 lead with 10:24 remaining in the half. After being held to no yards on the ensuing possession, the Roadrunners were forced to punt the ball away. After a 25-yard return by Bravo to the 18-yard line, the Bearcat offense took the field. Running back Lara took the handoff on the first play and found the end zone for his first touchdown of the year. The two point attempt by Paul Michael Wormwood gave the Bearcats a 24-0 with 7:27 left in the quarter. Starting from their own 30-yard line the Roadrunners put together a six play drive capped by a 10-yard run for their first score of the game. The two point attempt failed leaving the Roadrunners trailing by 18. With 4:51 remaining in the first half, the Bearcats relied on their passing game as new quarterback Seth Harmon connected with Bravo on passes of 25 and 12 yards to put the Bearcats in 38-6 halftime lead.

Scoring for the Bearcats did not slow down as Bravo took the opening kickoff of the second half 75 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game. The two point conversion by Wormwood gave the Bearcats a 46-6 lead. The Bearcats added another score with time winding down in the third as Wormwood crossed the goal line with 3 minutes left to give the Bearcats a commanding 52-6 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

With a comfortable lead coach Willie Jordan gave way to the younger players on the Bearcat team giving them some experience at the varsity level. Although they gave up a few points the younger Bearcats did an amazing job both offensively and defensively. At the end the Bearcats walked away with a 52-28 win and a 2-0 start to the season.

The Bearcats did an excellent job on both sides of the ball. Offensively Harmon threw three passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Robin Newman ran for 80 yards, Lorona ran for 15 yards and one touchdown, Wormwood ran for 12 yards and one touchdown. On the receiving end Bravo made three catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively the Bearcats were led by defensive end Ryan Bickley who had six tackles, three assists and one sack. Rexx Sosa and Bravo each had five tackles with Sosa recording a sack. Wormwood, Julio Noriega, Jordan and Jacob Pace recorded four tackles each with Jordan Pace recording a sack.

The Bearcats will be idle this week but will return to action on the 13th as they will play their first home game against the Lobos of Patagonia. This is an exciting Bearcat team to watch so come out and show your support for these young athletes.

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