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    The Vindicator | Angie Jackson — This, in a nutshell, is how the game went for Burkeville last Friday at Hull-Daisetta, where they fell to the Bobcats, 70-6.
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    The Vindicator | Angie Jackson — Kole Frauenberger scores for the Bobcats Friday in their 70-6 defeat of Burkeville.
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    The Vindicator | Angie Jackson
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    The Vindicator | Angie Jackson

Hull-Daisetta walloped Burkeville last Friday at Bobcat Stadium, 70-6.

It was a complete team effort, with outstanding individual performances. Senior Kole Frauenberger accepted his leadership role on both sides of scrimmage. The Mustangs scrimmaged at their own 25 on the opening kickoff. Relentlessly, they drove the field. Bobcat fans quietly watched as the Mustangs converted two fourth downs into drive continuing first downs. Minute after minute ticked by and the first quarter was almost over. With 1:17 left on the first, the Mustangs faced a fourth-and-goal from the Bobcat 12-yard line. Junior Deon Reed and senior Colton Cook along withseveralothersstopped Mustang quarterback Lane Noble at the 5. The Bobcats had the ball.

Freshman signal caller Landyn Sellers, on first down, tossed right to Frauenberger who swept outside and let loose a 45-yard rocket aimed at freshman running back Devante Broussard. The ball was just beyond his outstretched hands. A collective gasp enveloped Bobcat Stadium. What happened next set the tone for the rest of the night. Sellers handed off to Frauenberger, who slipped through the line on a block from senior Jose Gomez. He turned on the afterburners and went untouched 95 yards. Broussard completed the extra points and HD was on top 8-0 with 1:02 left in the first.

The magic of the Mustangs’ first drive was gone. They were forced to punt on the ensuing possession and the ’Cats set up shop on their 42 with 10:45 left in the second quarter. Forty-six seconds and a couple of plays later Devante Broussard scored his first TD of the night. Frauen-berger picked up the extra point conversion and HD was in charge 16-0.

The next possession for the Mustangs was their heartbreaker. The drive began at the Mustang 27 after the HD kickoff. The Mustang offense seemed to stall at the Bobcat 49, but on fourth-and-long Chris Stelly cleared the Bobcat defenders and went untouched to the end zone. It was all for naught though, as a 15-yard blocking in the back penalty resulted in the Mustangs scrimmaging at their own 49. And it was about to get even worse for the Mustangs. QB Noble lofted a nice spiral down-field into the waiting hand of HD defender Landyn Sellers. The freshman made the highlight reel with a leaping one handed interception at the Bobcat 40 and then scampered to the Mustang 40 before being swept out of bounds. On this possession, Sellers found junior tight end Bryce Aguirre at the 14 with a rollout to the left. From there, Frauenberger followed junior center Paul Goodman for the score. Five thirty-five left in the second and with Broussards’ extra points, the ’Cats were in command, 24-0.

The Mustangs took control for just a few seconds after the kick-off. With 5:22 left, Gomez, from his defensive tackle position recovered a loose ball and the Bobcats were in business at the Deweyville

25. On first down, senior lineman Caleb Hall joined with freshman Nian Beck to open a hole for Sellers who ran to pay dirt. With Frauenberger’s extra 2 points, the home team was on total control 32-0 with over 5 minutes left in the second quarter.

The Mustangs did manage to run time off the clock on their next possession. The Mustang offense was still stymied by the ’Cats. And to put a little salt in the wound, the punt was squibbed and HD scrimmaged from the Mustang

30. Broussard scored from the 15-yard line on a sweep to the left. Extra points from Frauenberger and with 1:17 seconds in the half, the rout was on, 40-0. It was a very impressive first half of Bobcat football.

Bobcat coaches worked to make sure everyone got some playing time in the second half. Frauen-berger relieved Sellers at QB. Landon Victorian and Landon Melancon took over in the backfield, for example. Victorian scored on a 52-yard run to open the third quarter. Burekville and HD then exchanged fumbles and the Mustangs then gave the ball up on downs and HD scrimmaged at their 30 with 6:33 in the third. Victorian, a freshman capped off the drive from the 3 and with the extra points, it was 56-0.

The Bobcat kick-off team was then involved in one of the those highlight reel plays next. Frauenbergers’ kick was muffed at about the 35 by the Mustangs. Several Bobcats attempted to scoop the ball up. But that is easier said than accomplished. Colton Cook, it looked like for a moment would have a TD. Instead Mustang Chris Stelly managed to take possession at about the 5 yard line and race back up the field to the 38 before being corralled.

Excitement aside, Hull-Daisetta shut down the Mustang offense, and Landon Melancon, a sophomore scored his first 2019 TD from the 22-yard line just inside the fourth quarter. It was 62-0. Chris Stelly showed some true speed on the kick return, and the Mustangs were on the scoreboard, trailing 62-6. The scoring was completed on a Victorian 8-yard scamper and a Melancon extra point. 70-6.

Sellers and Aguirre teamed for the only completed Bobcat pass of the night, that being for 28 yards. Burkeville did not complete a pass. In the rushing attack, HD average 13.8 yard per carry on 29 carries. Counting the two pass attempts, it is amazing that the ’Cats scored 70 points on 31 plays. Kole Frauenberger led a rushers with 128 yards on just 4 carries. Landon Victorian accounted for 97 yards on 16 carries, while Sellers collected 81 yards on two carries. Devante Broussard carried four times for 67 yards. The Bobcats scored nine TDs covered 401 yards during the game and spread the wealth among the five rushers.

Tomorrow night the Bobcats travel to the Bat-son area for a rivalry game against the West Hardin Oilers. Both the Oilers and the Bobcats are 1-0 in this young season.