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Bobcats fall in opening game

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Medina took on Hill Country Christian in a non-district football game in San Marcos on Friday, Aug. 30, and ended up on the wrong side of a 36-22 score.

Medina Head Coach Kurt Nichols said the Bobcats played well on both sides of the ball, were ahead 14-12 at halftime and had the ball at the Hill Country one-yard line but fumbled the ball away.

A pivotal play in the game occurred after half time when the Hill Country center snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head and apparently out of bounds, which by rule would have been a safety and two points for Medina.

The referee did not rule the ball out of bounds, and the Hill Country quarterback picked up the loose ball and threw what turned out to be a 79-yard touchdown pass that gave the Rams the lead.

Nichols said that play “changed the momentum” in the game, Medina’s first of the season.

“That took the wind out of us I admit, but we also had plenty other chances to win,” the coach said. “We learned a lot from the game, things we need to correct before facing Bracken Christian on the road (Friday) Sept. 6.”

Bobcats Wyatt Boatman scored on a 21-yard run in the first quarter, Jacob Hinds on a 27-yard pass reception in the second quarter, and Nate Aguilar scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter.

The six-man football game was played on an 11-man football field, modified with markers to represent a smaller six-man football field, the coach said.

A six-man football field is 80 yards by 40 yards, and an 11-man football field is 100 yards by 53 yards, according to online sports sites.