This game really was about HD’s battle to overcome COVID, colds, and injuries. Six two-way starters were not in the stadium Friday night, and it showed. Danbury, a small 3A school, suited up 34 while the Bobcats put 16 in the home field Red and Black.
HD’s Cayden Anders took the opening kick-off from the 20 to the 35, but the ‘Cats offense was ineffective and gave to ball up on downs at the 33. Danbury’s offense had not gotten in gear at this early stage of the game and was stymied, also giving the ball up on downs to HD at the 37. Dawson Victorian rushed for a first down, and ‘Cats looked to be in business. But no, a fourth-down fumble gave the Panther’s possession at the Bobcat 30.
Two plays later, The Danbury quarterback swept around the right side for an 18 yard TD. The PAT failed, and it was 6- 0 with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.
Levi Wallace, sophomore Bobcat quarterback, led the ‘Cats on their next drive from their own 21 to the Danbury 47. They chewed up almost 6 minutes of clock time on the drive. Another fumble, though, and Danbury needed just a couple of plays to score again. The TD was a 30-yard scamper by the Panther half back. It was 14 - 0 with 9 minutes left in the half.
Danbury struck again after the Bobcats lost possession on downs. This time the Panther went to the air for their TD. It was a 27-yard strike, and the home team was down 20 - 0 at halftime.
Danbury scored on the opening possession of the 3rd quarter and at the 8:20 mark when their QB powered over from the 1. Again, the extra point failed, and it was 26 - 0. The team traded fumbles and losing possessions on downs over the next 5 minutes before Danbury capped a 25-yard drive on a 5 yard run by the halfback. It was 32 - 0. Neither team threatened to score after that.
On the defensive side, Anders again led the Bobcats with 8 tackles, 2 disruptions, and he recovered 2 fumbles. Victorian collected 7 tackles and a couple of assists. Senior Jeremiah Loften made 6 tackles along with 2 assists. Junior Isaac Garcia collected a couple of QB pressures, a tackle for a loss, a tackle, and an assist. Junior Slade Ford made several big defensive plays. He caused a fumble, had a tackle for a loss, and made another tackle. Seniors Gavin Gay and Dylan Scott each scored a couple of tackles with an assist. Adrian Eaglin made the team-only interception while Ryan Talyor and Nian Beck each had a tackle.
On the offensive side of the ball, Hull-Daisetta managed just 87 yards on the evening.