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Bearcats leave Boyd with questions

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday night’s 38-20 regular-season-ending loss to Whitesboro was not completely unexpected for the Boyd Yellowjackets (6-4, 4-2). After all, the Bearcats (7-3, 5-1) came into the game after an overtime loss to district champ Callisburg but prior to that had rolled for six straight wins.

TOUGH NIGHT – Boyd’s Blake McDonald is brought down by two Whitesboro Bearcats Friday. With the loss the Yellowjackets finish third in district play. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Neither was the game without its bright spots. After spotting the visitors a 35-0 lead, the ‘Jackets awoke midway through the third quarter and gave their fans something to cheer about.

But mental lapses – including letting a kickoff go untouched to set up Whitesboro’s second touchdown 13 seconds after their first – and injuries, including a broken arm for middle linebacker Garrett Ragsdale, will send the ‘Jackets limping into the playoffs next week against an opponent still unknown at press time.

Whitesboro’s Colin Kilcrease was, as expected, a man among boys Friday night. He scored on runs of 9, 23, 23, 44 and two yards, and amassed 259 yards rushing while only carrying the ball four times in the second half.

But true to form, the Yellowjackets did not fold when they got behind. After a rough first half, Fino Cardona got his groove back on the team’s second drive of the third quarter.

That drive yielded six first downs – double what the team managed in the entire first half – and included Blake McDonald passes of 18 yards to Adrian Nelson, 19 to Cole Meador and eight to Michael Partin.

After holding the ‘Cats to a field goal, Boyd got the ball back and Cardona quickly broke a 46-yarder. Three plays later, he barreled up the middle for 23 yards for another touchdown.

An onside kick recovered by Haston Abbott gave Boyd the ball back at the Whitesboro 46, and a 21-yard completion from McDonald to Partin put them at the 25. After a touchdown pass to Cole Meador was called back, Cardona took it 30 yards, fighting off tackles for his third score of the night.

The two-point conversion pass failed, but at 38-20 it got a little more interesting when Chris Carmona recovered the ‘Jackets’ second straight on-side kick with six-and-a-half minutes still to play.

Boyd couldn’t move the ball, however, and Whitesboro took over on downs.

Meador had five catches for 100 yards but had two touchdowns called back on penalties. Cardona outgained his team with 146 yards on 18 carries. Boyd got only 114 yards rushing as McDonald took a slew of sacks from the big Bearcat line.

WHITESBORO 38, BOYD 20

Whitesboro … 14 … 14 … 7 … 3 … 38
Boyd … 0 … 0 … 7 … 13 … 20

FIRST QUARTER

Whitesboro – 2:11; Colin Kilcrease 9 run; Atticus Kilcrease kick.
Whitesboro – 1:58; C. Kilcrease 23 run; A. Kilcrease kick.

SECOND QUARTER

Whitesboro – 6:01; C. Kilcrease 23 run; A. Kilcrease kick.
Whitesboro – :46; C. Kilcrease 44 run; A. Kilcrease kick.

THIRD QUARTER

Whitesboro – 8:17; C. Kilcrease 2 run; A. Kilcrease kick.
Boyd – 2:13; Fino Cardona 3 run, Nathan Thomas kick.

FOURTH QUARTER

Whitesboro – 8:37; Atticus Kilcrease, 18 field goal.
Boyd – 7:05; Cardona 23 run, Thomas kick.
Boyd – 6:29; Cardona 30 run, 2-point pass failed.

WHITESBORO … BOYD

First Downs … 25 … 14
Rushes-Yards … 52-443 … 29-114
Passing Yards … 46 … 133
Total Yards … 489 … 247
C-A-I … 3-5-0 … 8-21-0
Punts-Avg. … 0 … 4-31
Fumbles-lost … 4-3 … 0
Penalties-Yards … 7-51 … 4-40

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: Whitesboro, Colin Kilcrease, 21-259; Boyd, Cardona, 18-146
Passing: Whitesboro, Ransom Stoddard, 3–4-0, 46 yards; Boyd, Blake McDonald, 8-21-0, 133 yards.
Receiving: Whitesboro, Clayton Stringer, 2-24; Boyd, Cole Meador, 5-100.

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