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The high school football regular season is coming to a close. The Sunray Bobcats went on the road for a second straight week and lost a close one to the Highland Park Scots, despite gaining more offensive yards and outscoring the Scots in the second half on Friday, Nov. 1.

Highland Park scored first in the second quarter, after each team failed to put up points in the first quarter. They tacked on a two-point conversion to go up 8-0. Sunray failed to answer and the Scots led 8-0 at the half.

The Bobcats finally got on the board after the break when Tate DeBord rushed for a score with 9:21 on the clock in the third quarter. They tried for two points, but the run was stopped short. The Bobcats cut the lead 8-6.

The next score came with 5:55 on the clock in the final quarter of play when Luis Escapita completed a short run into the end zone for a touchdown. DeBord ran the ball in for a two-point conversion and Sunray took the lead 14-8.

However, that lead was cut short when the Scots ran for a touchdown with 5:16 on the clock. Another two-point try failed and the score was tied at 14.

The Bobcats were unable to stop the Scots from putting another score up as a long pass was complete for a touchdown. The Scots added two more points and went up 22-14 over the Bobcats.

Late in the game, the Bobcats moved down the field and with 17 seconds left in the game, DeBord ran from three yards out. The two-point conversion failed and Sunray lost 22-20.

DeBord threw for 15 yards, and completed 4-of-8 in passing. DeBord was intercepted once, had two rushing touchdowns and picked up 119 yards on the ground with 26 carries. Escapita rushed 10 times for 121 yards and one touchdown.

Sunray picked up 19 first downs, had 318 total yards and had four punts for 32 yards. They turned the ball over twice on four fumbles and had four penalties for 45 yards.

Sunray is currently 1-8 overall and 1-4 in district play. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Bobcats finish the regular season at Bobcat Stadium for the final district matchup with West Texas.

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