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    The Vindicator | Angie Jackon — Photo from the Bobcats' Aug. 30 game.

Perhaps the game is best described by a Bobcat fan on entering the stadium during pregame warmups. “Look how big those guys are.” The fan was looking at the San Augustine running back and receiver corp. This was not going to be a night for the faint of heart.

The Bobcats faced an uphill battle on several fronts. Leading rusher and tackler Kole Frauenberger was sidelined with a hand injury and Landon Victorian, second leading rusher was off the field with an injury as well. Bryce Aguirre, who normally plays tight end was called on play full back. Colton Cook, who has played guard, tackle and tight end this year, donned his No. 99 jersey and played tight end. Devante Broussard and Landon Melancon rounded out the backfield with Landyn Sellers under center, Paul Goodman.

The Wolves kicked off and the Bobcats muffed the reception and the scrum for the ball ended on the Bobcat 15 with San Augustine in possession. A pass completion to the right side resulted in a score. The PAT failed. It was 6-0 with 11:45 left in the first quarter. That sequence sort of set the tone for the entire game. Hull-Daisetta punted from their own 20 on the ensuing possession. It was shanked and San Augustine scrimmaged from the Bobcat 30 with 9:27 still in the first. The Wolves swept around the right side. Another one play drive for the Wolves. Extra points good, 14-0.

The Cats did manage to run 2 minutes off the clock on the next possession before punting to the Wolves. The Bobcat defense swarmed the backfield and HD stopped the Wolves, who had scrimmaged at their 24. HD now had the ball at their own 34.They lost possession on downs at the 33. With 4:48 left in the first quarter, San Augustine completed a 33-yard, one-play drive and extra point to make it 22-0.

HD failed to control the short kick-off and the Wolves recovered and scrimmaged at the Bobcat 44. Behind an offensive line that to a man was a helmet taller than the defensive Bobcat line, the Wolves quarterback juked the ball 44 yards on first down. With extra point kick, it was 29-0 with 4:24 left in the first quarter. The Cats set up shop on their 46 after another squib kickoff. They were unable to move the ball though and San Augustine took over 4 plays later at their own 46. Again, the Cats were overwhelmed on 1st down. It was a sweep to the left for 54 yards and a 35-0 first quarter lead.

It was 55-0 at the half. And the final was 83-0. This is the most points allowed and the largest margin loss ever for the Bobcats, who are playing in their 95th season. Hull-Daisetta falls to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in district. San Augustine is 6-0, 1-0 and ranked 4th in the state 2A polls. They were a semi-finalist team last season. Next up for the Bobcats is Deweyville.The Pirates are 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in district, dropping their opener to Shelbyville 16-2. The teams have a common opponent in Kountze. HD lost to the Lions at homecoming two weeks ago while Deweyville bested the Lions the previous week. Game time is 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

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