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All great teams are challenged at some point in the season and face a game where it must come all together to pull out the win.
Orrick still hasn’t had that game but the closest thing to it happened Friday night in the Bearcats 30-6 win over Braymer.
“When we had to get it done we got it done,” Head Coach Pat Richard said after the game. “I think this was a wake up call to each and everyone of us. If not then we’ve got a problem.”
The Orrick defense continued to dominate despite giving up the shutout with 53 seconds left in the game. The defense at times wasn’t focused. On two different drives in the first half Orrick was flagged on two consecutive plays for offside giving the Bobcats first downs without even snapping the ball.
“This was a test for us. This team pushed us,” Defensive end Leslee Eubank said. “With that much emotion it’s real tough but you have to be mentally tough. It was good for us to have to go four quarters.”
Braymer’s defense played the Bearcat running game tough especially in the first quarter.
The Bobcats forced a three and out on the Bearcats first possession and forced a punt on the next. But, on the Bearcats’ third possession Kalija Rogers found the end zone on a 46-yard run. Logan Eubank would add another touchdown but the two-point conversation would fail and the Bearcats would take a 14-0. Rogers would then block the punt on the Bobcats next possession and the Bearcats would go into halftime with a two score lead.
After going three and out to open the third quarter Aaron Blyth, who led the team with 137-yards, scampered 60-yards for a touchdown on the next possession.
Quarterback Joe Kaufman threaded the needle to tight end Matt O’Dell for his only completion to set up a 15-yard touchdown by Rogers. O’Dell said they are working on the passing game more in practice to prepare for the playoffs.
“Joe feeds me the ball and I try to come up with it,” he said. “We know you can’t go to state without throwing the ball.”
Next week the Bearcats travel to St. Mary’s for their final district match up.
Photo: Orrick defensive end Leslee Eubank didn’t give Braymer quarterback John Haley much time to get a third down pass away Friday night in the Bearcats 30-6 district win. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)