Bobcats stay in playoff hunt with win over Dragons

DUMAS — It took four tries, but the Dumas Bobcats finally won a home game Friday as they celebrated Senior Night with a 42-13 victory over 8-4A Conference rival DeWitt.

The Bobcats (2-6, 2-3 8-4A Conference) are still technically alive for a state playoff berth if they can win at Monticello and Hamburg.

The Bobcats took the opening kickoff at their 41 and had an eight-play drive, which was highlighted by a 21-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Miller to Derreon Jenkins and then capped by a 4-yard run by senior Paul Steward, who had almost half of Dumas’ 260 rushing yards with 129 on 15 carries. The touchdown came with 8:38 left in the opening quarter and Jairo Ramirez tacked on the first of six consecutive PATs.

Dumas went up 14-0 when Mont’dre Spencer returned a DeWitt(1-7, 1-4) fumble 20 yards for a touchdown 49 seconds later.

But the Dragons struck back just as quickly when Leartis Williams raced 70 yards with the ensuing kickoff and Jeremy Smith kicked the PAT to pull DeWitt within 14-7.

Dumas started at its 32 and Steward opened the next Bobcat drive with a 58-yard run to the DeWitt 30 to set up his scoring plunge from inside the 1 with 4:11 on the clock to make it 21-7 after Ramirez’s kick.

That was the halftime score as Dumas punted twice and gave up the ball on an interception, and the Bobcat defense held on downs at its 7, 26 and 31.

DeWitt opened the third period with Williams returning the kickoff to his 47. Then the Dragons used 11 running plays that went right at the middle of the Dumas defense to pull within 21-13 on a 1-yard dive into the end zone by Blake Murdock. The PAT try was wide.

The Bobcats responded with a 59-yard, nine-play drive that included a 16-yard run by Claude McCaskill and a 26-yard pass from Miller to Spencer that set up another 1-yard scoring run by Steward, which gave Dumas a 27-13 lead after the extra point with 2:22 left.

The Dragons, staying on the ground, used the rest of the third quarter to reach their 39. Quarterback Cole Counce connected with Williams for 34 yards to get it to the Dumas 27. Bobcat senior Malachi Pointer ended the threat when he broke up a pass from Counce to Smith on fourth-and-8 at the 24 with 10:16 remaining.

Dumas used the next 3:06 to score and was aided by a facemask penalty and a 27-yard touchdown throw from Miller on the run to Spencer with 7:10 left, moving the score to 35-13 after the PAT.

After Pointer and Johnny Gibson sacked Counce at the DeWitt 31 on fourth-and-4 with 5:25 left, Dumas used passes from Miller to DeAngelo Livingston and Cortland Austin to set up McCaskill’s 8-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left before Ramirez closed out the scoring at 42-13 with his PAT.

Blake Murdock had 111 yards on 23 carries to lead the Dragons.

Dumas visits Monticello next week and DeWitt hosts Star City.