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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:04 pm

Banged up Medina fights on

Injuries continue to shrink the Bobcat bench and contributed in the 67-22 home field loss to Bracken Christian this past Friday night.

The result of injuries means more Medina players are having to play “iron man football” – playing both ways with little or no rest.

Despite those and some other obstacles, Medina held the Warriors to a single touchdown, a 50-yard run in the first quarter. With the help of a total of six fumbles on both sides, the quarter ended with an 8-0 score.

With 8:46 left in the second quarter, Bracken Christian scored on a 29-yard rush and a two-point conversion moved the score to 16-0.

Seconds later, Medina QB J.R. Gonzalez electrified Bobcat fans with a 60-yard scoring run at 8:28 that stunned the Warriors. Gonzalez made the extra pointer and suddenly it was a 16-8 game.

Bracken Christian shook it off and came right back with a 20-yard pass and two-point conversion with 7:46 left in the half to go up, 24-8 lead.

Gonzalez scored again on a 13-yard run and with a failed kick, the scoreboard read 24-14 with 4:36 left in the second quarter.

But the Warriors hit right back with a 12-yard touchdown and two-point conversion for a 30-14 tally at the 3:25 left mark and then with a 68-yard run and two-point conversion for a 38-14 lead with  1:37 to finish the first half scoring.

Bracken wasted no time in the third quarter with a 65-yard rushing touchdown run and a good two-point conversion at 8:28 for a pull away score of 46-14.

Medina scored one last time as Gonzalez got his third rushing score of the night at 5:47 in the third quarter and a two-point conversion made it 46-22.

Bracken went on to score 21 more unanswered points to invoke the 6-man mercy rule for a 67-22 finish with 9:42 left in the fourth quarter.

Gonzalez said he was pretty tired after playing defense as a defensive back and offense as a quarterback and running back.

The senior standout had 52 yards passing and 246 yards rushing as Medina ran a whopping 57 plays for 406 yards.

Bracken had 532 yards on 32 plays for their evening’s work. 

“We have a lot of injuries and we had a lot of mistakes tonight, but our kids played hard and with heart, so I am proud of them. Seasons and games like this are tough for kids but we will keep fighting and we will be here next week,” Medina Head Coach Josh Faglie said.

The 1-4 Bobcats will host Sunnybrooke this Friday and then have a bye week before going into district play, starting with visiting Prairie Lea on Oct. 26.

Box score

                                1      2      3     4    Final


Medina                  0     14     8     0     22


Bracken                 8     30     22   7     67

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