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Bearcats blow by Oilers


September 19, 2019

Katie Strehl

Cheerleaders hold banner as players enter the field.

In their first home game, and homecoming, the Mooreland Bearcats blew by the Merritt Oilers to advance 3-0 for the season. Everything seemed to go Mooreland's way starting with the coin toss. Mooreland won the coin toss and chose to defer their advantage to the second half.

Mooreland's strong defense ended the Oiler's first drive with three downs and a punt. On Mooreland's first play the quarterback tossed the ball to Landyn Crawford (80) who sprinted down field to the eight yard line. Two plays later on third and goal, Theo Sutton (2) scored and Brentin Case (52) kicked the extra point. The Bearcats were leading 7-0 with 8 minutes left in the first.

Mooreland scored again with a run of 28 yards from Conner Scarborough (27). At the end of the first quarter the Bearcats led 13-0.

In the second quarter, the Oilers defense stopped Mooreland and forced the first Bearcat punt of the game with just five minutes left in the half. The Oilers started putting a string of plays together and got near the 20 yard line. But the Bearcats' defense held and at half-time the score remained 13-0.

Ashley Strehl

Lance Bolar (76) wraps up Hagen Justus (1) – the Oilers QB – during the first quarter of play.

The Bearcats came out strong and in the first drive of the third quarter scored when Landyn Crawford (80) ran in a touchdown. Brentin Case kicked the extra point, and the score read 20-0.

In the fourth quarter the Oilers' offense generated momentum and marched down field within the 20 yard line. The Oilers took a shot into the end zone and a deflected pass ended up intercepted by John Meuer (89), who ran it out to the 11. A couple of plays later Carter Sampson (7) ran through the Oiler defense for 32 yards.

Neither team scored in the fourth, and the Bearcats won. However there was a delay when Oiler player Hagen Justus (1) went down after a play. Justus was carried off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Prayers and well-wishes were expressed on and off the field.

(To see more photos of the game, click on Photo Gallery at the top of the home page.)


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