SAN ANGELO, TX -- The San Angelo Central Bobcats demolished the Del Rio Rams on Friday night and got their first win.
The Bobcats started the game by kicking-off to the Rams.
The first drive for the Bobcats started well as senior defensive end Paulk got his first tackle against the Rams for their first loss of yards of the night. Del Rio used their first timeout within the opening two minutes but it didn’t help as they were forced to punt.
Central took possession and started their drive after a dropped punt on the 30-yard-line. Quarterback Malachi Brown and wide-out Tanner Dabbert hooked up multiple times on the first few plays.
Central took the drive to the 35-yard line but had to use Brown to punt the ball. Luckily for the Bobcats, the Rams had to start on the one yard line.
Thanks to a third down tackle for loss by senior cornerback Tristan Lopez, Del Rio went three and out on the drive.
Central then took over on the 40-yard line. This is when their running game really picked up. running back Kris Jackson and QB Brown both started the drive with long runs which put the Bobcats inside the thirty.
Following the runs, two passes were thrown towards Dabbert and then an incompletion on a pass over the top made it fourth down on the 25-yard line.
Central’s Kicker Erick Rodriguez attempted his first field goal but missed. It was short.
Del Rio took over the ball but didn’t do anything with it. Senior Defensive End Anthony Gonzales earned his first sack of the game during the drive and forced the Rams three and out.
Central took over at the Rams 49-yard line and first play running back Cameron Sarzosa took the ball to the 21-yard line. They continued to drive by running the ball straight up the gut and ended the quarter on the 11-yard line. The score at the end of the first quarter was 0-0.
The first play of the second quarter Jackson took the ball in for an 11-yard touchdown. Central got on the board first 7-0 with 11:56 still in the second quarter.
After the kickoff, junior defensive tackle Casear Saldana made a big tackle for Ram loss. Two plays later the D-line pressured Del Rio’s QB Dominic Sanchez into throwing an interception to Ty Casey.
The Bobcats took over on the 12-yard line and Brown found Christian Gabaldon for a touchdown. Momentum began swinging in favor of the Bobcats as they led 14-0 with a little over 10 minutes in the first half.
Another three plays that went nowhere for the Rams forced them to punt again. This punt rolled a long way but Central didn’t mind. The first play Brown ran it from the 23-yard line to the 36 yard line. The drive was later halted by an untimely sack by the Rams but the punt made Del Rio start on their own 10-yard-line.
The Bobcats continued to pressure Del Rio and nothing came out of the drive.
The following drive, the Bobcats looked like they were in striking range, but Brown threw his first interception on Del Rio’s 15-yard line.
The interception looked as if it would be the Rams break. They got a first down from a throw by Sanchez but were unable to build on the drive. The Rams felt gutsy and went for it on fourth but Central prevailed.
The Bobcats took over on the 34-yard line and Brown found Dabbert for a touchdown on the first play. Central lead 21-0 with 2:44 left in the second quarter.
Three straight runs by the Rams caused fourth down and 13. The Rams attempted to punt the ball but it was blocked and recovered by junior CB Kyson Snelson in the end zone bringing the score to 28-0.
The Rams then ran out the clock and the two went into the locker room. The Bobcats blew past the Rams in the first half leading 28-0.
Central started the second half with a big return by sophomore Kente Nicholas. Jackson then ran the ball from their own 45-yard-line to the 19-yard-line. Brown then found Dabbert once again for a 13-yard-touchdown. Bobcats extended their lead to 35-0 with 10:51 still left in the third quarter.
The same trends from the first half continued as the Rams went three and out. They punted the ball and Central started on their own 49-yard line.
Brown and Dabbert continued to exploit the defense, and on the first down, the two made a 45-yard play that set the Bobcats up to score. This time Sarzosa barreled his way into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. Bobcats continued to put it to the Rams and increased their lead to 42-0.
The next drive for Del Rio was mostly running until they broke a screen pass. This was the first time in the game when the Rams made it into Central territory. They continued to pound the football but after a tackle of loss they were forced to take a shot for the end zone. Nelson intercepted that ball and took it to the 34-yard line.
Unfortunately a mental mistake happened and the center senior Carlos Luna snapped the ball over Brown’s head forcing Central to punt the ball.
Del Rio took over the ball near midfield and managed to get a few first downs through the air. This lead to the Rams finally getting on the board with their kicker Garbriel Zapata hitting a 33-yard field goal. Bobcats still lead 42-3.
With 1:21 seconds left in the third Coach Davis put in back-up Quarterback Senior Sam Farris. He was able to move the ball by hitting Cayden Box on a tightly thrown ball.
He was unable to score though, but still the Bobcats led at the end of the third 42-3.
The fourth quarter saw coaches giving non-starters game time for the Bobcats. The second string managed to score ten points in the quarter after giving up their first touchdown.
Bobcats won their first game for their 2019 season 52-10.
With this win, the Bobcats move to 1-1. Del Rio falls to 0-2.
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