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Photo by Derrick Stuckly, BrownwoodNews.com

The Coleman Bluecat football team took care of business in Bangs last night, slaying the Dragons 47-0. (Stats attached)

The battle for 2nd in District was decided by half-time in the renewal of this historic rivalry where a combination of a strong running game and a “nasty” defense was on full display for the Bluecats.

“After we fumbled the punt on the opening drive we gave them the ball on their side, but we hunkered down and held them up,” Coach John Elder said. “We were able to score quickly after that which gave us momentum for the rest of the game.”

The Dragons, an offense averaging over 260 yards per game on the ground, gained just 77 yards of total offense – 57 rushing and 20 passing – and only five first downs. Their primary playmaker, Guy Powell, came into the contest north of 1,600 rushing yards and over 20 touchdowns. He had no room against a strong Bluecat defensive front who held him to 42 yards on 16 carries, with 31 of those yards coming on just one play.

“Our defense flied around, they were quick to the ball, and they were angry when they got there,” said Elder. “Really set the tone early, having to stay on for more plays, but they showed what they were capable of.”

The Bluecats were able to produce 455 total yards of offense. 337 on the ground and 118 through the air. Jadin Jackson, who got the scoring started with a 31 yard touchdown run in the 1st, rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on only six carries. All that in addition to completing 6 of 8 passes for 118 yards and two more visits to the end zone. Ryland Gentry rushed for 91 rushing yards and found pay dirt twice, adding a reception for 14 yards, Blaine Bouldin added 52 yards on the ground and a score, Keaton Beets led the team with two catches for 57 yards and a 49 yard touchdown, not to mention Hagen Cavanaugh’s 12 yard catch where he drug three Dragons into the end zone for a score for the second touchdown of the game. Braxton Smith didn’t record a reception on two targets, but was three for 30 on the ground. Along with Dayden Hunter’s six for 23.

“We had drives through the air, Jadin ran well tonight, and we blocked well up front,” John Elder said. “That’s a good football team over there and holding them to a goose egg I think says something. It gives us a lot of confidence and momentum heading into playoffs.”

Scoring summary was Jackson finding his way in the end zone on a beautiful run from 31 yards out with 2:15 left in the 1st Quarter making it 7-0. Hagan Cavenaugh fought his way for a score with 10:26 left in the 2nd, missed extra point made it 13-0. Jadin found pay dirt again on a QB keeper that went for 63 yards, another kick into the wind missed making it 19-0 with 8:05 left in the 2nd. Ryland Gentry crossed the goal line for six with 2:00 left in the first half, Jadin Jackson then ran in a 2-pt conversion making the score 27-0 heading into halftime. The Bluecats took their time on their first drive patiently scoring with Gentry again with 7:15 remaining in the 3rd, Braxton Smith’s kick pushed the lead to 34-0. Keaton Beets found the end zone on a 49 yard bomb from Jackson with 1:43 left in the 3rd quarter increasing the point total to 41-0 after Smith’s kick. Then, finally, Blaine Bouldin rumbles ahead for a score with 2:13 left on the clock. Jorge Salas’s point after attempt was no good rounding out the scoring at 47-0.

“Keaton Beets and Hagen Cavenaugh have great speed,” Elder said. “It’s great to have weapons like that who can beat you over the top.”

The playoff docket is now set for the Bluecats heading into week one of “Season Three,” as Elder would say.  Your Bluecats are heading to Ft. Worth Castleberry next Thursday, November 10th, to take on the Alvord Bulldogs.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00, and if you can’t join in person, you can following along on KOXE.com and the KOXE App.