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Wildcats take district title over Kenny

District champion Wildcats after the win over Bishop Kenny.There was a cool wind coming off the St. Johns River but the hundreds of Wildcat fans in the stands at Bishop Kenny on Friday didn’t notice the chill because it was hot on the field as BCHS bulldozed its way to a 49-35 victory and the district title.

Falon Lee continued on a tear, rushing for 222 yards on 28 carries and scoring three touchdowns.

For the Wildcat fans there couldn’t have been a better start to the game. Kenny was keying on the potent Wildcat running attack and quarterback Corey Lawler hooked up with receiver Mike Boone to catch the Crusaders by surprise. Boone turned on the jets and ran for a 66-yard touchdown strike. The extra point attempt failed, but Cats were quickly on the board.

The defending district champs weren’t going to let an early setback stop them and Kenny demonstrated its own offensive prowess. Though Kenny’s known for a prolific passing attack from quarterback John Wolford, it was the running game that drew first blood. Running back Cameron Singletary broke containment and ran 30 yards for the score. The point after gave the Crusaders a one-point edge.

The hosts quieted the Wildcat faithful again as they struck quickly on an offensive miscue. Ahmad Fulwood scooped up a Wildcat fumble and raced 47 yards to stun BCHS and put the Crusaders up 14-6. It was a reminder of Kenny’s quick-strike potential.

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Lee scores 5 TDs in win over Forrest

Rashodd Hadley with the tackle.The BCHS Wildcat varsity football team will be returning to the post season playoffs for the first time in Coach Ryan Sulkowski’s tenure at the helm after their 48-28 win over Forrest on October 25. The Cats rode a touchdown-filled performance from running back Falon Lee, who amassed 142 yards rushing and five touchdowns that night to tie the school record.

Whether the Cats will enter the playoffs as district champions or runners-up will be determined on Friday when they travel to Jacksonville to meet last year’s district champion Bishop Kenny. The Crusaders trounced Terry Parker 41-0 behind four Ahmad Fullwood touchdowns.

There was a lot on the line for the coach and the team as the Cats got off the bus at Forrest High on Thursday. BCHS and its fans relished a trip to the state playoffs, but to do it they would have to defeat a resurgent Forrest Rebel squad that was also looking at securing a playoff slot.

As the game opened it appeared the Rebels left their intensity in the locker room. For the first ten minutes it looked as if the game was going to be a run away for Baker County as the Cats score three times in quick succession.

Lee showed his intent to have a big game early on, running for a 30-yard touchdown in the game’s opening series to put BCHS up 6-0 when the point-after failed.

The second score came quickly as quarterback Corey Lawler marched the team down the field in the second possession and hit Drew Rogers for a 14-yard scoring pass. Lawler ran in the conversion attempt and just like that BCHS held a 14-0 lead.

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Cats top Parker, 42-21

Michael Boone on the move.Coaches will tell you one thing quickly – it’s put up or shut up time.

Before last Friday’s Homecoming game versus the Terry Parker Braves, the Wildcats were looking at three consecutive district games to decide if they would reach the playoffs for the first time under Coach Ryan Sulkowski’s reign.

They put their foot forward the evening of October 19 with an emphatic 42-21 win over the Braves. Ahead they face two teams that are tied with BCHS for the district lead, Forrest and last year’s champs, Bishop Kenny.

It’s easy to get distracted by the hoopla associated with Homecoming. There are dress up days at school, the parade and voting for the queen. It can be difficult to put your whole focus on football.

But that’s what coaches are for — to motivate and encourage and narrow their players’ focus on the game ahead.

For the first 20 minutes it looked as if all the scattered Homecoming energy might have gotten to the Cats. Parker scored first on a 6-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.

The Wildcats moved the ball well, but Parker came to play, and after scoring first and holding BCHS scoreless in the first period, one sensed the visitors thought they could spoil the Homecoming party.

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Lady Cats bring home trophy from Keystone Heights

The Lady Wildcat volleyball team battled their way from the losers bracket to win the Keystone Heights Invitational this past weekend. Candace Clack and Brooke Roberts also made the All-Tournament team.

The Cats struggled on Friday night, losing to 7A Westport 23-25 and 20-25. But on Saturday, they came out ready to play, defeating Yulee in three games — 23-25, 25-21  and 15-10 — with Callie Wheeler and Clack posting five kills each. Kayla Holland and freshman Ashton Alford had six digs.

The Cats then faced Clay County, defeating the Blue Devils 25-23 and 25-14. Wheeler led the offense with five kills and Brooke Roberts had an outstanding defensive effort with nine digs.

The Cats faced a big challenge in the tournament semi-final with a rematch against unbeaten Westport. The Cats defeated them in three games, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-13. Kayla Holland turned in an outstanding match with ten kills and ten digs. Taylor Hancock had 23 assists and Callie Wheeler had eight kills and seven digs.

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