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October 06, 2021 - 05:00
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    Bobcat defensive back Wyatt Boatman, left, and linebacker Nate Aguilar take down a Spartan defender during Medina’s loss last Friday at home. BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough

Medina went into a David-and-Goliath game at home on October 1 against the St. Stephens Episcopal School Spartans from Austin.

The Bobcats lost 57-8 and now are 1-4 for the season.

“This is a building year, with most of the starters being juniors and trying to learn a new offense scheme,” Head Football Coach Mark Coley told the Bulletin before the game started last Friday.

The coach said the team’s challenge is numbers.

“Wwe only have a total of 14 players, and we only have 11 players tonight and they have 26 players,” he said.

Coley said the team has four regular games remaining.

“We had a 10-game regular schedule, but the second was cancelled for lack of officials to run the game,” he said.

The game was stopped in the third quarter under the UIL mercy rule that stops a game when a team gets 45 points ahead.

The Bobcats showed their determination and spirit during the game, especially when quarterback Wyatt Boatman threw to Branson Wickham, who outran Spartan defenders for a touchdown.

Wickham then kicked a 2-point PAT for the only Medina points.

“We played well at times, but at other times we made critical mistakes that kept us from being in the game. We are looking forward to a fresh start as district play begins for us next week,” Coach Coley said.

District home kicks off next week with Medina’s homecoming game against Prairie Lea, followed by their final home game against Leakey on October 8.

Following a bye week, the Bobcats hit the road to face McDade (October 30) and Nueces Canyon (November 5).