The White Pine High School Bobcat football squad had to stomach another difficult defeat last Thursday, this time to 4th ranked Pershing County, 48-6. In the last two weeks, the Bobcats have had to play the two toughest teams in the conference, including number one ranked Yerington, both of them at home, not the ideal situation, according to Coach Quinn Ewell.
“We started off with a lot of energy,” Ewell said. “We scored first on a fumble recovery, then (QB) Monty (Moore ) threw a touchdown pass to Dakota (Barela).”
The Bobcat offense stalled from that point on as it faced a team of giants from Lovelock, that overpowered them with their size and muscle.
“They’re bigger guys then us and they slowly worked their way down and scored on the second drive of the game,” Ewell said about the change in momentum. “We killed ourselves on the next drive. We started off well and went for it on 4th down, but a bad snap put them in good scoring position. From there we never got back int our groove.
Ewell described the Mustang’s fullback as being 250 pounds and maybe 6’3”.
“He carried three guys on his back,” Ewell said. “They were a much bigger team.”
The Bobcats are now winless in conference play and 1-2 overall. This week they travel to Incline Village for another conference game, where they’ll face a more equitable football team. The Highlanders are 1-5, and 0-3 in conference play, their only win coming the first week of the season against North Tahoe in California.
“From what I’ve heard, they’re a really young team,” Ewell said. “Our main focus is to go out there and be hungry; to get a win.”
Ewell said that Incline likes to try and get to the edge and that the Bobcats need to hold them inside.
“The key is knowing our assignments,” Ewell said. “We need to contain the edge and suck things back in on D. We need to be aggressive and hit guys. Offensively, we have to calm down and execute every series, all the way down the field.”
Game time is 7 p.m. at Incline Village.