The Sebastopol Bobcats needed a win and some help to make the Class 1A state playoffs last Friday night. In the end, the Bobcats took care of business beating Sacred Heart 47-6 on the field, and everything else fell into place.
“We felt very confident if we took care of business on our end that everything else would work itself out. And that’s exactly what happened,” head coach Nickey Mooney said.
Sebastopol earned a third-place finish in Region 4 with the win, and will travel to Itta Bena to take on the Leflore County Tigers (7-3, 7-1) this Friday night in the opening round game.
In the game against winless Sacred Heart, the Bobcats went on the attack early. The Sebastopol offense scored three first quarter touchdowns to race out to a 20-0 lead.
The Bobcats stretched their lead in the second quarter with two more touchdowns to take a commanding 33-0 lead into the half before adding two second half scores bringing the final score to 47-6.
On offense, quarterback Jaden Mann again led the way for the Bobcats’ offensive unit. Mann completed 11-of-17 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown, while adding 111 yards on 11 carries and three rushing touchdowns on the night.
Reginald Shepherd and Colby Strickland also found the endzone in the win. Shepherd scored on both sides of the ball with one touchdown reception and one interception return to pay dirt. He also returned eight kickoffs and one punt for a total of 325 return yards.
Strickland added one first half rushing touchdown.
On defense the Bobcats got after the visiting Crusaders offense all night long. Sophomore Jacob Williams led the way on defense with 12 total tackles. Shepherd, Jahiem Johnson and Jaylen Griffin all had 8 tackles each with Shepherd and Johnson adding one interception each.
The Bobcats will look to keep the offensive fireworks and stingy defense going this week in 1A playoffs.