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Bearcats have a tough go, come up short against Harleton

By Danny Leach
Oct. 10, 2017 at 3:05 p.m.

Harleton TX- Beckville came into Friday's contest on a five game winning streak and with a quarterback that has over 1000 yards passing and 550 yards of rushing.

Everything pointed to a lop sided victory for the Bearcats. But, that's why the game is played on the field and not on paper. Trey Lindsey exited the game on the first play from scrimmage. Most would have written the Cats off right there. But, the boys in blue played hard the entire game. Beckville still managed 260 yards of offense.

Stephen Darden had 73 -yards on 10 carries, and Ethan Harris had 49-yards on 13 carries. Trey Lindsey returned for the final two series of the game with a bad ankle sprain and manage to go 9-11 for 98-yards passing. Lindsey was not enough and the Cats came up three yards short with 2:00. Lindsey connected with Austin Roys for a 21 -yard gain to the Harleton 3-yard line. Roys was unable to hold onto the ball and Harleton took over and ran the clock out on the Bearcats.

The score was 0-0 to end the first quarter, with Harleton punting and Beckville going for it on 4th and 2, but the Bearcats were unable to convert.

You can't say enough good things about the Bearcat defense led by Ben Bridges, Milo Morrison and Cooper Morris. They only gave up 155 total yards of offense. This effort is what gave the Bearcats the opportunities they had late in the game. Harleton took the ball at their own 46-yard line. They held onto the ball for four plus minutes and scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:22 left in the second quarter. The two point conversion was good.

Both teams traded punts and with 4:15 left in the 2nd quarter, Beckville took over at their own 20 after a 38-yard Harleton punt. Steven Darden had carries of 24, 14, 4 ,5 and he would cap those off with a 4-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds to go until halftime. Ethan Harris got the carry for the two point conversion, but lost the handle on the ball. The score would be 8-6.

The second half saw the Bearcats and Harleton at a stalemate. But, Beckville still had three good chances to win the game. The first was when the Cats drove to the Harleton 25 and Carlos Campos missed a 42-yard field goal.

Beckville's second chance came when their fearless leader, Trey Lindsey, returned to the game with one bad wheel. The cats started at their own 45-yard line. Lindsey targeted Darden with four passes in a row, totaling 61-yards. But on the final play of the drive, Ethan Harris fumbled the ball at the Harleton 14-yard line.

The Beckville defense held the Wildcats to a three and out to give the Blue one last chance to win the game. Beckville took the 28-yard Harleton punt at the Harleton 40-yard line with 2:40 to go. Lindsey completed a five yard pass to Darden to the Wildcat 35. On second and five, he found Darden for an 11-yard gain to the 24 for a first down. On first down, Lindsey's pass was incomplete.

Then on second down, he connected with Austin Roys for a 21-yard gain, but the ball came out and Harleton was able to recover the fumble. With 2:18 to go in the game, the Wildcats ran the clock down and punted on 4th down. With no return possible for the Bearcats, the game ended with the score Harleton 8, Beckville 6. This was the Cats first loss of the season, but most importantly the first loss of district and in a tough district like District 9, wins are a premium.

Beckville now falls to 1-1 in District 9, with a tough stretch of games to come, starting with Arp this Friday night, who will travel to Beckville for the contest.

The Bearcats need more than anything to get Trey Lindsey healthy, which, common sense says, will be impossible for him to be 100 percent by Friday at 7:30. However, Trey Lindsey at 75 percent is better than most players at 100. No doubt the Cats will lean on their defense against Arp, and they should. This group is as tough as I have seen.



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