The Sunray High School Bobcats hosted the Gruver Greyhounds Thursday, Sept. 5. Both defenses stood some ground, keeping the offenses out of the end zone for most of the first quarter. The Greyhounds overpower the Bobcat defense to go on and win 26-6.
The Bobcats received the ball first to start on offense. There was not much going on their first series and Sunray was forced to punt.
On the ensuing possession, the Greyhounds moved the ball some and then faced a fourth-and-three. The Greyhounds received a false start penalty and then punted to the Bobcats. Another punt by Sunray nearly ended the quarter until Gruver moved the chains and scored with 1:07 left in the quarter. The two-point conversion failed.
The Bobcats could not move to scoring position before the end of the first quarter. After one, the Bobcats were down 0-6.
The offense was unable to get things going in the second quarter and punted to the Greyhounds.
The defense forced another punt from the Greyhounds, while the Greyhounds stopped the Bobcats on their next possession.
At the end of the half, the Bobcats were trailing 0-6.
At the start of the second half, Sunray's defense kept the Gruver offense down on their first series of the half.
The Bobcats went on offense again and had some good runs, while picking up some yardage, then they had to put the ball back into Gruver's hands. This time, the Greyhound offense was able to punch in the end zone for a score with 1:24 left in the third quarter. Sunray made a big stop on the two-point try and Sunray was down 0-12.
Gruver was able to score again on a touchdown pass with 20.9 seconds left in the third.
Signs of life began to show as they moved the ball in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter, they continued their drive and at the 9:21 mark the Bobcats scored on a touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good and the Bobcats trailed 6-18.
The celebration was short-lived as Gruver went back on offense and were faced with a third-and-10. A long pass completion downfield led to a touchdown. This time, the two-point try was good and extended Gruver's lead 6-26 with 7:38 left in the final quarter.
That would be the final score as each team could not get into the end zone again.
The JV squad have a contest on the road at Spearman on Thursday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.