The White Pine High School Bobcat football team defeated the Laughlin Cougars 22-0 in a “morale boosting” first win of the year, said coach Quinn Ewell.

“They work so hard in practice so it’s great to see the results of that work paying off,” Ewell said of the win.

Despite being without two “key starters” the Bobcats (1-1) scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the first quarter, both off of passes from Monty Moore to Nate Laity. The early lead helped get the team excited and playing well, said the coach, the opposite of what happened in last week’s loss.

Laity scored again in the second quarter on defense, running back an interception for a touchdown. Quarterback Monty Moore ran in the two point conversion to extend the lead to 16-0. After being set up at the one yard line by a run from Cole Burdick, the Bobcats scored their final touchdown with a short run from Desahwn Barella. A failed extra point attempt left the final score 22-0.

“Our option play is getting better. Our quarter back is learning the reads so we can be more competitive against bigger and faster teams,” Ewell said. The coach also credited the work the team has done on conditioning in practice as being “key” due to the team’s limited depth.

The Bobcats will play on the road again at Lincoln on Sept. 11. The game will start at 7 p.m.