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Cats fall just short of Providence 28-27

The Wildcats almost overcame the loss of star defensive end CeCe Jefferson and sloppy first half play, but their second-half surge fell just short September 12 as they lost to Providence 28-27.

Jefferson dislocated his shoulder on the fourth play of the game trying to tackle Providence’s workhorse running back Jamauri Wakefield, who rushed for more than 350 yards and three touchdowns on more than 40 carries of the night. Wakefield accounted for almost all of the Stallions’ offense as Baker County’s depleted defense had a tough time slowing him down. Coach Tom MacPherson said Jefferson is expected to miss a few weeks, but he returned to the sideline in the second half to cheer his team on.

The Cats almost rallied back after falling behind 28-14 early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jacob Carter hit a 50-yard bomb to Zach Rafuse  to pull the team within a touchdown. Vyshawn Akins intercepted one of Providence’s few pass attempts on the night and returned it for a touchdown to bring the Cats withing one with about seven minutes remaining, but the extra point failed.

The offense had a chance to take the lead late and faced a third-and-6 from Providence’s 20-yard line. The Cats took unsuccessful shots to the end zone on both third and fourth downs to give the ball back to the Stallions.

Providence was able to run the final 3 minutes, 58 seconds out to seal the win.

The Cats will try to bounce back from the close loss and move back to .500 on the season September 19 when they travel to Ribault for the District 3-5A opener.

Check next week’s edition of The Baker County Press for a full report of the game.

 

112 sign up for Y soccer

With youth soccer season just around the corner, 112 players and 12 coaches  will make up nine teams this fall at the Baker County Family YMCA.
The players will be divided into four U-6 teams and two U-10 and U-12 teams. The U-18 division will be split into two teams that will play home games against each other. The teams will combine into one for road games September 13 against Dye-Clay and September 19 against Barco-Newton.

First win for new Wildcat coach

Vic-Givens-runs-in-for-the-touchdownTom MacPherson picked up his first win as Wildcat head coach September 5 as the team rolled through the hosting Bradford County Tornadoes 43-7.
“It feels good,” coach MacPherson said about his first victory with his new program. “We were just looking for some momentum for the kids. For the most part, I feel like we were solid in all three phases of the game.”
The Cats dominated all aspects of the game en route to the blow out victory to pull to an even 1-1 record. The offense moved the ball with ease as quarterback Jacob Carter rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Running back Vic Givens added two scores and 39 yards on the ground. Read More »

Strong defense, quick quarterback lead B-cats to win

John-Green-races-away-from-the-defenseThe BCMS Bobcat football team held off a late Lakeside Junior High surge September 3 and escaped with a 12-8 home win in its season opener.
The B-Cats controlled the first three quarters with the help of a dominant defense, and two touchdown runs by quarterback John Green gave the team a 12-0 lead entering the final frame. The defense appeared to have the Gators stuffed on a fourth-down conversion attempt early in the fourth quarter, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Lakeside’s offense new life. Lakeside pulled within one score four plays after the penalty with a 6-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion. Read More »

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