Coach Pat McGowan
Special to Valley News
The Hamilton Bobcat football team knows how to entertain the crowd for their Homecoming football games. In the most thrilling football game of the season, the Bobcats defeated the Upland Christian Eagles 13-12 in a key league matchup. With their win, the Bobcats are now able to continue fighting for second place in our league and a playoff game.
The Bobcats got off to a rocky start, allowing the Eagles to score a touchdown on their opening drive, and committing penalties to stall their own offensive drives. However, Hamilton pulled it together and with Randy Lopez (#6) and Isaac Chacon (#42) leading the way, drove the ball into the end zone to take the lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Eagles scored again to retake the lead 12-7.
With less than five minutes left, the Bobcats needed to put together one long offensive scoring drive, and they did. With key first downs by Randy Lopez, Isaac Chacon and Tyler Mosely (#5), the Bobcats were within 10 yards of scoring with one minute left in the game. On a third and goal, Saul Perez (#10) ran the ball in to give Hamilton the lead.
The Eagles did not give up, however, and drove the ball all the way to the Bobcats 19-yard line. With only five seconds left, Upland Christian set up for a field goal which was blocked by Jacob Graves (#28) to seal the win for Hamilton.
The Bobcats now have a 4-5 record, with one final game in the regular season against Sherman Indians Friday, Nov. 4.
Offensive stats: 197 total rushing yards, 86 passing yards for a total of 283 offensive yards.
Randy Lopez (#6) had a total of 122 rushing yards on 20 rushes.
Isaac Chacon (#42) had a total of 36 yards rushing with a rushing touchdown and 86 yards passing on nine rushes and nine passing attempts.
Saul Perez (#10) had 13 yards rushing with a rushing touchdown on three rushes.
Tyler Mosely (#5) had 23 yards rushing and 47 yards receiving yards on only four explosive plays.
Michael Jones (#88) had 22 yards receiving on one catch.
Defensive stats: The Bobcat defense held the Eagles to only 168 rushing yards and 83 passing yards.
Jacob Graves (#28) had 8 tackles with a pass deflection and a field goal block.
Isaac Chacon (#42) had 8 tackles.
Austin Ellington (#33) had 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.
James Curtis (#62) had a forced fumble with a fumble recovery.
Michael Jones (#88) had 4 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
Levi Ross (#73) had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 sack.
Randy Lopez (#6) had 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and a pass deflection.
Saul Perez (#10) had 3 tackles and 1 interception.
Note: Stats are kept throughout the season by two dedicated young men Andrew and William Rice.