PLAYOFF PICTURE: Can the Bobcats Hold onto the Top Spot?


SAN ANGELO- A playoff picture is just out of reach but the Bobcats are two games in and are currently  in first place!

The Central Bobcats are 2-0 in district after winning 57-34 over Odessa and 28-25 last week against Midland. The Frenship Tigers are also 2-0 after blowing out Midland Legacy last week and defeating Midland last night are sit behind Central at 2nd in district.

Coming in third if the season ended today, the Legacy Rebels are 1-1 in district after a win and dogfight against Permian and losing to Frenship last week. Permian gets in as well at the fourth spot after losing to Legacy and beating Odessa.

Of course, all this is subject to change over the coming weeks. This next week the Bobcats take on Midland Legacy, Permian squares off against. Frenship, and Midland takes on Odessa. It also kicks off a gauntlet for the Bobcats as they’ll play the Rebels, Permian, and Frenship in that order.

Legacy had an off week last week against Frenship where the Tigers went up early and often and at halftime, had a 42-7 lead over the Rebels. Now, Midland Legacy did fight back and outscored Frenship 27-7 in the second half, but it was too little too late.

When the Bobcats have had success on the ground, they’ve usually won the game. Look at the rushing numbers and they’ll say when Central has over 300 yards on the ground they win with the exception of the Midland game last week.

  • Shoemaker- 138 yards (Lost 31-24)
  • Montwood- 376 yards (Win 52-49)
  • Cooper- 107 yards (Loss 41-38)
  • Belton- 330 yards (Win 35-12)
  • Wylie- 360 yards (Win 63-61)
  • Midland- 190 yards (Win 28-25)
  • Odessa- 354 yards (Win 57-34)

Give credit to the coaching staff and offensive line for opening up running lanes for Tyler Hill, Jayvion Robinson, Tyree Brawley, and Aiden Barron.

Midland Legacy isn’t the same team they were last season, and their record reflects that but Central cannot overlook the Rebels. Marcos Davila is still a very good quarterback with several good receivers and the Bobcats have not played a district game against a team that has as many playmakers as the Rebels do.

Frenship might have given teams a blueprint on how to beat Legacy and that’s start incredibly hot. Central fans know that the Bobcats can score with the best of them but getting out in front early will be important.

Head Coach Kevin Crane might not want his team looking past Legacy, but this entire article is about looking ahead. After the Rebels, the Bobcats take on Permian who have lost just one game this season. The Panthers have hung around some very good teams this season and won.

Permain took on Legacy in Week 8 and just from the highlights, they looked out of sync. They’ve relied on running the ball and a dominating defense and from the start, it looked like the Panthers were throwing the ball more often. Legacy did have three interceptions and two caused fumbles.

Again, forcing a team to play a different game. While putting up points quick, fast, and in a hurry against Legacy might prove to be a difference maker, keeping Permian’s offense on the sidelines will do wonders. That’s easier said than done as the Permian defense is just as dangerous.

Should Central drop the next two games, the Frenship game in the regular season finale could end up being very important for slotting the playoffs. As Legacy, Permian, Central, and Frenship could very well be the four teams that make it. The district champs take on the fourth seed team of another district.

Whichever way it falls, COVER1 will have plenty of coverage as the playoffs close in. Watch for the game previews throughout the week and tune into COVER1 on Friday for exclusive coach’s interviews, score updates, highlights, and more at 4:00. 8:00, and 10:00 p.m. only on San Angelo LIVE!

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