Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo
Photo courtesy of Laray Sonnenberg Russell

SAN ANGELO – The 14th ranked San Angelo Central High Bobcats’(11-1)  season ended Friday night on the road as the Mansfield Tigers (11-1) deep-six them on big-time explosive plays, 55-37 in a 6A Division 2 Area game played at Newsom Stadium.

The game started with the Cats receiving the ball and going three-and-out. When the Tigers got their opportunity on their first offensive series, Mansfield came away with three-points. Jarrett Holman connected on a 39-yard field goal to make it, 3-0, Mansfield with 6:13 left in the first quarter.

After the Tigers get another field goal from Holman, this one a 24-yarder at the 7:34 mark in the second quarter, the Cats finally get untracked and get a three-pointer from their kicker, Ezekiel Del Rio. Del Rio bangs one in from 29 yards to cut the lead to 3-6, Tigers.

On the ensuing kick-off, Mansfield’s big time explosive plays start with Cam’ron Jones who took it for 95-yards to pay-dirt. After the PAT, Mansfield leads Central, 13-3 with 1:29 left before the half.

Just when it seemed that Central was getting rocked back on its heels, the Cats come back with two consecutive scoring drives of their own, using up the 1:03 left on the clock before the half.

Central scores quickly when McIvor finds wideout, Henry Teeter for the first of two touchdowns, this one a 23-yarder. Central cuts the lead to 13-10. 

After the Cats kick-off to the Tigers, Mansfield muffs the kick with Central’s recovery at the six-yard line.  Then on the first play, McIvor hits Teeter again for touchdown on a first and goal. With the PAT, the Bobcats lead for the first time 17-13 with less than 30 seconds before the half.

However, when the third quarter started, it was Mansfield's quick strike offense which scored on explosive, run plays.

Two, back-to-back quick scores occurred when backup tailback, Jaqulis Coleman, exploded for two long runs. The first touchdown Coleman scored on was a 58-yarder. After PAT, it is Tigers 20, Cats 17.

Then on the next offensive series, Coleman again scores on a shorter touchdown run, a 47-yarder to bring the score to 27-17 with 9:17 left in the third quarter.

Moving to the fourth quarter, Cats' McIvor gets intercepted at Central's 15-yard line as a Tigers' defensive back jumps the route.

Mansfield takes over with first-and-10 and that's when Coleman gets his third touchdown of the night to make it 48-24 after PAT. At that late stage of the game, there are 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

When the Bobcats get the ball back, the offense faces a 4th-and-one; Central can't get a first down, thus the ball goes over on downs at the 45-yard line; there is only 9:46 left in the fourth quarter as Mansfield leads Central by 24 points.

Later, Mansfield faces a second-and-goal from the one when Tigers' 260-pound, fullback, Theo Owens scores. After PAT, it is Tigers 55, CHS 24.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats get on the scoreboard as Cody Parker scampers through the middle of the massive Tigers defense for a 30-yard touchdown run with 2:02 left in the game. The score makes it CHS 31, Mansfield 55.

Bobcats score the last touchdown of their final game for the season on a 28-yard touchdown score from McIvor to Scott to cut the lead to 37-55 Mansfield.

Central ends its’ season at 11-1 while Mansfield (11-1) goes on to the semi-finals to face Waco Midway.

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