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    Bryson’s Landon Stephens takes off for a first down against Newcastle on Oct. 25. Photo/Trevor M. Wyatt

Bobcats butcher Cowboys in shortened game

The Bryson Cowboys did not defend their home turf on Oct. 25, losing 62-16 to Newcastle Bobcats in a rainy game that was decided at halftime.

Newcastle’s JD Brice said the conditions played a strong part in how well the Bobcats played. He said while other teams may be required to pass, they can keep the ball on the ground.

“That’s a big part of how we play,” Brice said. “We excel in conditions like this, where other teams have to pass more and we can keep running it. Coach (Julian Menchaca) emphasized that in practice and that is what we worked on all week.”

Menchaca said the rain played perfectly into his gameplan. He said he knew the weather was going to be rough and wanted to emphasis the ground game early, and his team did just that.

“We knew we wanted to pound the ball,” Menchaca said. “We just wanted to play good smash-mouth football. In this type of weather that’s what you need to do, and we executed it perfectly.”

The game started innocuously for the Cowboys, with the first play being a Bryson onside kick to Newcastle. Newcastle’s JT Spurlin picked it up at the Newcastle 35-yard-line and took it all the way to the house for an early 6-0 Bobcat lead.

The Cowboys marched down the field, handing the ball off to TJ Imotichey four times, with the four being a two-and touchdown run to give the Cowboys an 8-6 lead. Less than three plays later the Bobcats would score again and kick the extra point to give Newcastle a 14-8 lead with 5:15 left in the first quarter.

The Cowboy’s kickoff struggles reared their ugly head again as Newcastle recovered their own onside kick at the Bryson 32-yard-line. Spurlin had two straight rushes after that, running for 25 yards before taking it to the house with an 8 yard touchdown run, giving the Bobcats a 22-8 lead with 4:40 left in the first quarter.

The Cowboys fought back after a holding penalty caused their drive to start first-and-25 from their own 27 yard line, with the drive ending on a 43-yard touchdown run to cut the Bobcat lead to 22-16 with 3:46 left in the quarter.

For more on this story, see the Wednesday, October 30 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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