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SAN ANGELO – The Central High Bobcats made up ground Friday night in so many ways—whether it was offensively, defensively or special teams, in a key District 2-6A showdown against rival, Midland Lee Rebels. The Rebels came into the game ahead with a better record on the season and in district. 

That is until the Bobcats set the record straight with a thorough thrashing of the Rebels 52-28. With the 'Cats' dominating performance and win, CHS leads district now at 2-0, (6-0) unbeaten on the season.

Meanwhile Midland Lee falls to 2-1 in district and 6-1 on the season.

From the opening kick-off, this reporter noticed something different from the previous home games for Central. The fans, particularly CHS students were cheering loudly, wildly and proudly for their team as there was a noticeable, strong electricity in the air created by the ‘Cats fanbase. 

Once Central scored quickly on a 38-yard touchdown jaunt by Austin Barron, the race for first place was on. Central led 7-0 over Midland Lee with 8:32 left in the first quarter.

Central’s offense was explosive, scoring at a pinball fantasy scoring rate while the Angry Orange defense stonewalled the Rebels at every turn.

Bobcat quarterback, Maverick McIvor’s pinpoint accuracy was on display against Lee’s defense as he threw for five touchdowns and scored from the goal line to make it 42-14 at the half.

McIvor threw three touchdown passes in the first half alone; he threw two to Henry Teeter, one to Jackson Timme and the fourth to Jaden Coates.

Meanwhile the Rebels couldn’t keep up with Central’s quick 21-0 three-touchdown lead early in the first quarter. To make matters worse, it was a penalty-filled night for Midland Lee as they couldn’t get out of their own way by committing egregious errors.
Case in point, when Midland Lee had the ball on offense, it committed penalties on three consecutive plays. Then when the Rebels punted, they were flagged for not giving a CHS punt returner an opportunity to field the punt cleanly. Another time, on the ‘Cats kick-off (after scoring), the Rebels miffed the kick-off and Central recovers the ball to score, again!
And, for good measure, Midland Lee faces a fourth-and-1 and decides to go for it, you guessed it. The Rebels get a penalty and are forced to punt.

Despite all the negative plays on Lee’s part, the Rebels managed to score 14 points before the half.

While Lee did outscore Central in the second half, 14 points to 10, it was too little, too late. 

The Bobcats are road warriors for next Friday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup against Frenship on October 20.