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Cats jump out to 3-0 behind Ruise shooting

Johnathan Lamb goes up for a shot.The BCHS Wildcat basketball team got a pair of high-scoring wins this week over Newberry and Baldwin. The Cats remain undefeated in the early season with a 3-0 record.

Charles Ruise Jr. lit up the basket for 34 points as BCHS defeated Newberry 60-43 at home on November 27. After scoring 10 points in the first half, Ruise exploded for 24 in the second half as the Wildcats blew open the game.

Early on, the long ball was giving BCHS the most joy. Ruise, Jesse Gardner, Kaylyn Holmes and Cameron Mack all nailed three point shots as BCHS outscored Newberry 21-10.

Newberry couldn’t manage to dig out of the first quarter hole and BCHS led by 31-20 at the halftime break. They extended the lead in the third period as Ruise heated up to a 47-30 edge and cruised to the end.

Ruise led all scorers. Johnny Lamb had 10 points on the inside and Gardner had 7 to lead BCHS.

Both teams were burning up the floor on Thursday night, November 29, as BCHS beat Baldwin 79-73 in an exciting home game November 29. Ruise had 25 points and Brandon Lewis, Gardner and Mack were in double figures for BCHS in a game that flipped back and forth on the scoreboard.

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Wildcats end playoff run with 44-23 loss to Kenny

Going into last Friday night’s football game between the Wildcats and the Bishop Kenny Crusaders both teams knew a very simple fact. One of them was going to make history.

Neither team had progressed beyond the second round of the state playoffs and somebody was going to be hosting a third-round game against Tallahassee Godby. The question was who would be playing this Friday night and who would be sitting at home thinking of what might have been.

In the end it was Bishop Kenny that would avenge a district championship loss to the Wildcats three weeks ago with an emphatic 44-23 victory.

Going into the game, the Cats were certain of one thing – to beat Kenny you had to stop their vaunted passing game. That was a given, and they prepared to do just that.

For the first time all season, the Wildcats started the game with three down linemen, daring the Crusaders to run the ball. The added linebacker was to provide double coverage support on UF recruit Ahmad Fulwood and Mo Tapper, who had hurt the Wildcats with his receptions in the district game.

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Lady Cats jump out to 3-0 start to basketball season

The Lady Wildcat basketball team has swept to a 3-0 start to the season and new head coach Chris Chisholm couldn’t be happier.

“They are playing hard, working hard and coming together as a team,” said Chisholm. He and assistant coaches Kim Gaskins, Karen Ruise and Kylie Cannady have been preaching the fundamentals and it has paid off with some big early season wins.

Freshman Delicia Washington shone offensively in all three games. She threw in 27 points against Bishop Snyder as the Cats opened the season with a 49-46 win. Hailey Bussell added 8 points in the victory on the road November 13.

The Cats eked out a 39-38 district win on November 15 against a stubborn Forrest Rebels squad. Washington again led the way with 18 points. Joshlyn Brown muscled in 7 on the inside and Shaniece Paige and Bussell added 5 each.

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Despite sluggish start, Cats top rival Bradford

Rashodd Hadley on the tackle.It wasn’t pretty. Rivalry games often aren’t. But after a shaky start the Wildcats got what they wanted, a 20-12 win over the Bradford Tornadoes on November 9.

Bradford brought the house to Macclenny’s Memorial Stadium and for long periods of time the Wildcats looked listless. But some turnovers at key moments and strong defensive play up front paved the way for the Cats to finish the season with an 8-2 record.

This Friday, the Wildcats host the Creekside Knights (4-6) in the opening round of the playoffs at 7:30 pm. District runner-up Bishop Kenny travels to Ponte Vedra and provided that they come out on top versus the Knights, BCHS will face the winner of that game.

It is the first playoff game since 2009 and if the Wildcats were looking ahead a bit it is understandable. But for the Tornadoes, who with district losses to South Sumter and Mt. Dora were knocked out of post-season play, this was their playoff game.

The Tornadoes came out fired up. For much of the first half they seemed to want the game more and it showed on the field. The Wildcats struggled as the Tornadoes’ sophomore quarterback Jacob Luke moved the ball around.

The Tornadoes got on the board first at the end of the first quarter, capitalizing on a fumble in Wildcat territory. Luke found Marco Grimsby at the Wildcat 10 and big running back Lyndall Hampton ran it in from the 1-yard line. The PAT was no good but the visitors held a 6-0 lead at the start of the second period.

The Wildcats came back with a big play that was the highlight of the game. Falon Lee exploded with a 69-yard touchdown run. He broke containment, got a good block from Mike Boone and outraced the Tornado defenders for the score. Jacob Carter converted on the PAT to put the Wildcats ahead to stay.

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