Bobcats 6 - 54 Cheetahs
Bobcats lose to league leaders
Game week 5 into the Bournemouth Bobcats regular season the half way mark of the season saw us face off against the undefeated Hertfordshire Cheetahs.
The sun came out so roads in Britain couldn’t handle the heat resulting in kick off being delayed by half an hour.
The extra-long coach journey unfortunately did nothing to slow the well drilled and speedy offense of the Cheetahs starting the game with an early score through some hard running from their running back whom found the end zone in the first drive. The Bobcats offense keen to get the ball moving on the ground were unable to find the yardage they needed and were forced into a few early 3 and outs.
This lack of time on the field for the offense gave little rest to the defence and on a hot summers day in Dorset they began to tire. The Cheetahs continued to pound away the yards with their signature sweep play which gave them big yards. Plus the ability to break the initial contact by the running back was costly to the Bobcats and the score line.
Credit to the Bobcat defence who continued to work hard despite the ever-increasing score line, this effort was also emulated by the offense whom tried to not allow the frustration of being stopped get to them. When late in the second quarter some hard running by Isaacs #9 and some excellent blocking by the Bobcats offensive unit, resulted in the only Bobcat touchdown of the day. The extra point attempt unfortunately missed the Bobcats had some raised spirits with a score heading into half time wanting to fight more in the second.
Half time score 6-32 to the Cheetahs.
The Bobcats came out second half looking to make the game a more respectable affair, this was shown by the excellent will and hard hitting by the defence. Safety Ross #23 had an amazing game and in the second half recorded which surprising to all his first sack of his career as well as a pair of fumble recoveries trying to provide a spark to get the offensive unit going.
Which they tried but due to unfortunate injuries to the already low in number offensive line resulted in players unfamiliar to the position filling in and producing valiant efforts. The Cheetahs offense after losing their QB to injury, in which we wish him a speedy recovery, were limited to running but with that signature sweep run which the Bobcats struggled in containing all day they continued to find the end zone.
The Bobcats continued to fight to the end regardless of the score, a couple of short passes gave the Bobcats a few first downs but unable to get in the end zone as the Cheetahs defence held strong. A very difficult day at the office for the Bobcats but their will to fight was ever present all afternoon.
The game ended 6-54 to the visitors which knocks the Bobcats to 2-3 on the season, with a now weeks break to lick our wounds and regroup for the big division rivalry clash against the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts on the 2nd of July away.
Congratulations to MVPS:
Offensive MVP: RB David Isaac #9
Defensive MVP: S Duncan Ross #2
Final Score: Bobcats 6 – 54 Cheetahs
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