White Pine running back Zach Lawrence runs for a first down against the Christian Calvary Chapel Lions in Friday’s homecoming game. (Garrett Estrada photo)

White Pine running back Zach Lawrence runs for a first down against the Christian Calvary Chapel Lions in Friday’s homecoming game. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Things are starting to turn around for the White Pine High School Bobcat football team. After an offensive explosion against Laughlin on Oct. 2 led to a 32-point victory for the Bobcats, the momentum carried over to what team coach Quinn Ewell called a “must win” game against Calvary Chapel.

The Bobcats walked off the field on Oct. 10 as winners of the homecoming game, edging the Lions 6-0 in a game that was won on defense.

After looking like they were going to enter halftime scoreless, the Bobcats put together an efficient drive late in the second quarter, driven by running back Zach Lawrence and quarterback Monty Moore. The drive led to a touchdown though the Bobcats failed to convert on their two-point try. Coach Ewell said he would take it though, as the score was the only one produced by either team on Friday evening’s game.

Unlike games earlier into their season, the Bobcats were able to limit the number of big plays by pressuring the Lion’s quarterback and force him into making bad passes, which resulted in turnovers giving the ball back to the hometeam. The win improves the Bobcats record to to 3-3, keeping them alive in the playoff chase, which has been Ewell’s goal for this year’s team since before the season started. The loss for the Lion’s dropped them to 0-5.

The Bobcats will next travel to Needles on Friday for a 7 p.m. game. Ewell said he expects a tougher matchup against the 3-1 Mustangs during their homecoming.

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