When the White Pine High School Bobcat football walked off of the Lincoln High School field last Friday night, head coach Quinn Ewell had one theme he wanted his players to think about on the way home.
“If this doesn’t motivate you, then I don’t know what will,” Ewell said.
His team had just defeated their rival 26-22 and strung together back to back road wins, improving their record to 2-1.
“This was the best I’ve seen this team play all year,” the coach continued.
The game served as a test of character early, with with the Lynx scoring the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter. But unlike the Bobcats first game of the season against Battle Mountain, the team responded positively, bouncing back to score two straight touchdowns. The first came on the Bobcat’s second drive of the game on a long pass from quarterback Monty Moore to Cody Bennett. Moore scored the second one of the half on a quarterback keeper, leading the team to a 14-6 lead. The Lynx wouldn’t go away though, and by half time, the game was tied 14-14.
The second half didn’t immediately favor either team, but consistent tackling and a couple of key interceptions by the Bobcat defense prevented the Lynx from getting too much momentum.
The strong defensive play sparked some momentum on the offensive side of the ball, with the game winning touchdown coming from an explosive 32 yard run by Dakota Barela.
Coach Ewell said that the return of both Barela and Bennett from week one injuries made a big difference in the bobcat’s play making ability.
“Barela was huge for us. He had two interceptions on defense and had one of our longest runs of the game to score the final touchdown in the fourth quarter. Same can be said for Bennett. Having them back was the difference we needed,” Ewell said.
The Bobcats will have a bye this weekend.