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Senior night at the Bomber Bowl means emotions as 15 players, four band members, and four cheer leaders took the field for their last regularly scheduled home game of their careers. Senior football players were Austin McClung, Jason “JJ” Tittle, Michael Parks, Jonathon Higuera, Malachi Newton, Jacob Flores, Diego Reyes, Joey Lopez, Daniel Contreras, Regantis Simmons, Kade Hicks, Sam Lewis, Ricardo Valles, Dustin White and Ryder Ramirez. Band Members included: Savannah Peevyhouse, Madison Barnard and Dylan Glover. Cheer Members included: Angel Anderson and Kendyll Ellis.
The Bombers played host to the Hobart Bearcats, both teams undefeated in district play. The Bearcats, like the Bombers, lost early in the season prior to district play to 2A Washington and Boone-Apache. The Bearcats opened up the game taking the opening kick-off 75 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion was good giving them an 8 point lead, just 11 seconds into the game.
The Bombers recovered and two series later quarterback Gustavo Gaytan behind the right side of his line pushed his way into the endzone for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion on the Bombers fake field goal worked and tied the game at 8-8.
The Bearcats added two more touchdowns to the scoreboard bringing the score to Bearcats 22-Bombers 8. The Bombers weren’t done yet thought, as Gaytan connected with runningback Michael Parks on a touchdown pass. PAT from Kicker Marco Clemente was good. Bombers 15 - Bearcats 22.
The Bombers pushed into the red zone two more times prior to the half with penalties moving them back after both plays, including a touchdown pass from Gaytan to runningback Diego Reyes. Penalties on both sides of the ball flew often.
During the second half the Bombers got inside the 10-yardline only to turn the ball over on fumbles. It was a rough night for the Bombers who ended with four turnovers, and as Coach Bret Tyler said, “you can’t turn the ball over four times and beat a bad team.”
The Final score of the game was Bearcats 29 - Bombers 15, as the Bearcats “scooped and scored” late in the game on the Bombers.
All negativity aside, maybe this was the wake-up call the Bombers needed as they have already earned the right to play in the Class A state play-offs. The Bombers will play host to Thomas. The Terriers are a perennial play-off team and will not be an easy out for the Bombers. The play-offs is “do or die.” The Bombers have to keep winning every week from here on out or hang up their cleats and break out the basketballs. So, lets pack the Bomber Bowl one more time Friday night for the play-offs!