By Richard Bravo
Copper Basin News
The Ray Bearcats extended their winning streak by beating the Ft. Thomas Apaches 62-14 last Friday night.
The Apaches started the night holding the Bearcats on their first offensive possession forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. Going with a no huddle offense the Apaches wasted no time taking the lead on the 4th ranked Bearcats as they drove 60 yards in just five plays as the Apache quarterback found his receiver wide open in the back of the endzone for the first score of the game. The two point attempt failed giving the Apaches a 6-0 lead. The lead did not last long for the Apaches as the Bearcats came right back on their next possession to take the lead on the first of two rushing touchdowns on the night for quarterback Destry Yocum. That would be the first of 50 unanswered points in the first half by the Bearcats. Yocum connected on touchdown passes of 18, 19, and 54 yards to wide receiver Dominic Bravo who raised his touchdown total for the year to 15. The defense also contributed to the scoring in the first half as Yocum and Joe Rudy Lorona ran two out of the five first half interceptions by the Apache quarterback in for touchdowns giving the Bearcats a 50-6 lead going into the half.
With the Bearcats up by 44 points to start the second half the clock ran continuous until the Apaches scored their second touchdown of the game on a 30 yard pass with 10:13 left in the third quarter. The two point conversion attempt was successful slightly cutting into the Bearcat lead. The Bearcats added one more score in the third quarter on a 2 yard touchdown run by running back Robin Newman to put the Bearcats up 56-14 heading into the final quarter of play.
As the clock continued to run turnovers by both teams kept the fourth quarter scoreless until the final seconds of the game when Austin Huffman took a Lorona handoff and scrambled 70 yards for the score as time expired giving the Bearcats a 62-14 victory.
The Bearcats offensively compiled over 400 yards of total offense. On the passing end of the game Yocum completed 15-24 passes for 189 yards and 2 TD the Bearcat quarterback also ran for 67 yards on 6 carries and 2 TD. Newman rushed for 31 yards on 5 carries and 1 TD and caught 4 passes for 22 yards. Leading the receiving core was Bravo who had 8 catches for 145 yards and 3 TD. Seth Harmon had 3 catches for 22 yards.
Defensively the Bearcats dominated the Apaches holding them to under 150 yards of total offense and forcing 7 turnovers (1 fumble, 6 Interceptions). Leading tacklers for the Bearcats were Bravo and Yocum with 6 tackles each both also had interceptions Bravo (2) Yocum (1). Ryan Bickley and Julio Noriega each had 5 tackles and 1 sack each. Jacob Pace with 4 tackles. Newman, Huffman, Lorona, and Harmon each had 2 tackles. Harmon (2) and Lorona (1) also had interceptions.
With the victory the Bearcats improved to (5-0) on the year setting up a showdown with undefeated Pima (5-0) this Friday at Dave Mcfee Memorial Stadium. This should be an intense and exciting game so please come out and show your support.