The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 19, 2013

Bearcats keep playoff hopes alive

BY JIMMY HARRIS sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — FITHIAN — With their playoff hopes on the line, the Milford/Cissna Park Bearcats were on the road against the Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac Comets for a senior night week 8 game.

With no time remaining in the first half, the Bearcats connected with a brother to brother 20 yard touchdown pass play from MCP quarterback Jacob Marquez to reciever Josh Marquez in the back of the end zone to close out the scoring of the second half and a 41-7 lead.

“We knew we could get that play if the Comets defense set up in a certain defense”, Josh Marquez said. He continued, “Jacob put the ball right on me and I brought it in for the touchdown.”

Josh Marquez and Devon Laubscher each had three touchdowns for the Bearcats to get a 55-28 victory over the Comets.

It didn’t take the Bearcats long to jump on the Comets early as the Bearcats’ first offensive series as they marched down the field and got a 39-yard touchdown run from Josh Marquez to put the Bearcats up 7-0.

After a Comets turnover, the Bearcats go back to work and get a 70 and 63 yard touchdown runs from Laubscher to take a 27-0 lead.

“I like how our offensive and defensive lines played tonight, they won the battle up front,” MCP coach Clint Schwartz said, “We came out and had the most focus of the year.”

The Comets wouldn’t go down easily as they made a strong drive to start the second quarter and capped it on it TD run from Zach Horatschki to pull the game within 27-7.

Unfortunately for the Comet, they couldn’t stop the Bearcats speed on the outside. The Bearcats ended the quarter with two touchdown passes to complete the scoring in the first half.

The Comets came out strong in the second half and took their first position down for a touchdown and took 6 minutes off the clock for a score and make the score 41-14.

“The team never gave up in the game and the seniors played hard all night,” said Comets coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer. “It was senior night and I am very proud of the effort that they put in all year and they played hard.”

Bearcats continued to put pressure on the Comets defense and put the game out of reach in the second half.

“We must keep this focus as we travel to Hoopeston next week and play well, and if we are fortunate enough to win then we will see if we can get into the playoffs,” Schwartz said.