Bobcats Fall Short in Effort to Remain Undefeated

#1 Xavier Cobbs, #7 PJ Prioleau, #4 Kamaree Tanner bring down the Glenvar runner. (Elizabeth Kanipe/The Patriot)

The Radford Bobcats hosted Glenvar last Saturday with the Bobcats looking to remain undefeated on the season.

The game was littered with a lot of back and forth and turnovers by both teams.

The Bobcats kicked off to Glenvar, but on the second play Kyle Hanks was tackled by Reece Mabry forcing a fumble recovered by the Bobcats’ Spencer Perdue.

The Bobcats drove down to the 16-yard line, but were unable to get it into the end zone.  Mason Sproule’s 33-yard field goal attempt missed to the left.

Taking over on the 22 yard line, Glenvar QB Aiden Wolk managed to get their running game going moving the ball down to the Bobcat’s 22 yard line.  However, an incomplete pass, offensive penalties, and a sack by Bobcats Perdue and Sam Kennedy forced Glenvar to punt from the 43 yard line.

The Bobcats took possession, but were unable to sustain a drive and punted after three-and-out.

Trying to take advantage of good field position on the Bobcats’ 47 yard line, Wolk completed a pass to Nick Woodson for an 8 yard gain.  But just 2 plays later Wolk’s pass was intercepted by Zane Rupe.

The Bobcats offense suffered yet another turnover almost immediately when Darius Wesley-Brubeck fumbled the ball at the 44 yard line.

Glenvar regained possession and was able to finally score on a 24-yard field goal by Wolk, and Glenvar led 3-0 midway through the 2nd quarter.

The Bobcats again were unable to convert a first down from the kickoff and were forced to punt.  Glenvar’s Jackson Swanson fielded the punt, but was immediately brought down by Bobcat Allen Hamblin.

Wolk handed off to Colvin Delano who was tackled for a 5-yard loss by Alex Kanipe.  Wolk’s attempted pass on the next play was again broken up by Kanipe.  Yet another turnover occurred on the next play as Wolk was intercepted by Marcell Baylor.

The Bobcat offense took the field, but was still unable to muster a first down.  Another punt by Sproule gave possession back to Glenvar who fumbled, but recovered the ball at the 38 yard line.

Glenvar’s incomplete passes from Wolk, coupled with a false start penalty, forced a punt by Jeb Secrist that was blocked by Bobcats PJ Prioleau.

The ball was recovered on the 39 yard line by Bobcats Keith Tabor who ran it to the 19 yard line.

With 4:13 remaining in the 2nd quarter the Bobcats scored on a 19-yard carry by Wesley-Brubeck.  The PAT by Sproule was good, giving the Bobcats a 7-3 lead.

After a brief offensive possession Glenvar still was unable to find the end zone and the Bobcats went to the locker room at halftime still leading 7-3.

The Bobcats and Glenvar went back and forth on possessions the 3rd quarter.  The Bobcats got within striking distance, but came up short when Sproule’s field goal from the 17 yard line missed right.

Glenvar was finally able to string together some first downs.  However, the score remained 7-3 Bobcats at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Glenvar finally scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter after a long drive from their own 27 yard line.

Wolk completed passes to Nick Woodson, Dagan Williams and Jack Swanson for a combined 39 yards. Coupled with runs by Hanks, Gabriel Schaffer, and Swanson to put the ball in the red zone on the 5 yard line.

Glenvar’s Dagan Williams took over QB duties at the 18 yard line, which culminated in a touchdown by Hanks from 2 yards out.  The PAT was good and Glenvar went up, 10-7.

The Bobcats Xavier Cobbs fielded the kickoff on the 15 and returned it for 15 yards.  On the next play QB Rupe fumbled but recovered the ball.  He then completed a pass to Cobbs for an 11-yard gain.  Rupe’s next pass was completed to Prioleau who carried the ball 71 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.  Sproule’s PAT was good and the Bobcats took the lead back, 14-10.

Glenvar mounted a 4th quarter drive with Wolk again at QB.  From their own 17 yard line, Wolk utilized Hanks, Delano, Schaffer and Swanson to move the ball to the end zone for a touchdown.  The PAT by Blake Custer hit the upright and Glenvar took the lead back 16-14 with 1:50 left in the game.

The Bobcats made a final effort to get within field goal range, but was stymied by incomplete passes.

The inability to convert first downs, turnovers, and missed field goals contributed to the Bobcats’ 16-14 loss to Glenvar.

By ELIZABETH KANIPE, The Patriot