CELINA BOBCATS VS. VAN ALSTYNE PANTHERS
Friday, October 8, 2010
Bobcat Field Celina, Texas
The Van Alstyne Panthers paid a visit to Bobcat Field to take on the Bobcats in the District 10-3A opener for both teams. In a rather odd scheduling quirk Celina would face Van Alstyne for their Homecoming game. Many times Homecoming opponents are supposed to be teams that you expect to beat. The Panthers from Van Alstyne were sporting a 5-1 non district record and reportedly had been gearing up for the game against Celina all season long. This Homecoming opponent was no “patsy”.
The first half was all Celina, as the Bobcats scored at will against the hapless Panther defense. The second half would see a bit of a reversal as the Panthers offense put a lot of pressure on the Bobcat defense. Van Alstyne made it interesting but they never seriously threatened to take control of the game, losing by the final score of 55-28.
If you had to pick a couple of standouts from the Bobcat perspective you’d have to include RB Daniel Mendoza and SS Zack Bilderbach. Both of these young men turned in outstanding performances and were keys to the Bobcat victory. On the other side of the field, Panther QB Drew Dennis had a nice game but didn’t have enough weapons in his arsenal to pull of the Homecoming upset.
Mendoza got the scoring underway in the 1st quarter on the Bobcats first possession of the evening. Mendoza broke loose on a 16 yard TD run for an early Bobcat lead of 7-0 after the PAT by Jesus Vargas sailed through the uprights. The Panthers struck quickly through the air taking the ball down to the Bobcat 1 yard line where sophomore running back Alex Cole punched it in for a 7-7 tie.
On Celina’s next possession Mendoza would score his 2nd of 4 touchdowns on the night, this one coming from 6 yards out. Vargas’ kick was good and Celina led 14-7 at the end of the 1st quarter. After a bit of a lackluster 1st quarter the Bobcats offense and defense really began to pick up the pace. Celina would score 34 points in the 2nd period to salt the game away before halftime. The defense did surrender one more score before halftime but otherwise completely shut down the high scoring Panthers.
Zack Bilderbach entered the game at wide receiver for one play in the 2nd quarter and what a play it was. Jacob Stephenson threw a perfect pass down the near sideline to a sprinting Bilderbach for a 37 yard scoring play. Bilderbach simply blew past the defender and ran under the lofted pass for the score. Vargas’ kick was good and Celina led 21-7. After a defensive stop by the Bobcat defense the offense took over and promptly put another TD on the board. This one coming on a 51 yard run by Anthony Garcia. Garcia had missed the last few games due to an injury but he showed fine form in breaking loose for the long TD run. Vargas’ kick failed and the score became Celina 27, Van Alstyne 7.
Garcia added another score on the ground, this one coming on an 11 yarder that put the score at 34-7 after the Vargas PAT. The Celina defense, led by Keller Adams, Tanner Franklin, Sawyer Levitt, and Zach Bilderbach put the clamps on Drew Dennis and the Panthers and quickly put the ball back in the offenses hands. Daniel Mendoza broke away for his 3rd TD of the night with a 34 yard scamper that made the score 41-7 after the successful extra point.
Finally, Drew Dennis got his offense moving and the Panthers were able to put together their first scoring drive since very early in the 1st quarter. Panther QB Drew Dennis took the ball into the end zone for a 1 yard plunge to complete the drive and the Panthers now trailed 41-13 after the PAT failed. Celina signal caller Jacob Stephenson knew he had enough time to add to the Bobcats total before half time. He called on Daniel Mendoza for the job, and Mendoza would find the end zone from 54 yards out to complete the 2nd quarter onslaught and Celina took a 48-13 lead into the locker room. The half time activities were spectacular as Celina High School crowned Kassi Looper as its 2010 Homecoming Queen. Congratulations Kassi!
The second half was a little anti-climactic as both teams struggled to complete drives. Drew Dennis was able to sneak another TD in from the 1 yard line in the 3rd quarter. Dennis also took care of the 2 pt. conversion and the score became Celina 48, Van Alstyne 21. There was no more scoring in the 3rd quarter but Celina matched the Panther score in the 4th quarter with another Stephenson to Bilderbach connection, this one from 25 yards out. It was basically a carbon copy of the earlier score by Bilderbach. He simply blew by the defender and Stephenson’s pass was perfect once again. Vargas was good on the PAT and Celina led 55-21. Alex Cole would end the scoring on this night with a 58 yard run where he broke a number of tackles and outraced the Bobcat defense to the end zone. The PAT by Russell Carter was good and that made the final score 55-28.
Daniel Mendoza finished the night with 204 yards on 16 carries with 4 TD’s. Anthony Garcia added 97 yards on only 11 carries and he scored twice. Jamarick Simmons was injured and played sparingly though he did not get a carry. Jacob Stephenson was solid at QB, completing 10 of 22 passes for 124 yards and two TD’s. Both TD’s were directed to Zach Bilderbach who led the Bobcats in receiving with 2 catches for 62 yards and 2 TD’s. Bilderbach would also pick off one Dennis pass and chipped in with 10 tackles on defense. For his efforts on this night he was nominated as the Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Week. Congratulations Zach.
The Bobcat defense is improving, though they are still vulnerable against the passing game. Keller Adams had a solid night along with Bilderbach. The front four put a lot of pressure on Drew Dennis, allowing only 6 completions on 18 attempts. Dennis did add 96 rushing yards on 18 carries and had two 1 yard sneaks for TD’s. Alex Cole finished with 99 yards on 15 carries, most of which came on his 58 yard scoring run.
The Bobcats travel east on 455 to visit the Anna Coyotes this Friday night. Based on their record this season you’d have to say this is not the same old Anna Coyotes. The Coyotes come in to the game with a 4-2 record after having a Bye week last week. Celina will have to continue to improve if they are to reach their goal of a 9th state title. After the short trip to Anna the Bobcats will have an Open Week before finishing district play a home game against Bonham and a road game against Commerce. The Bobcats are 7-0 on the season. They got to this point with a lot of hard work and dedication. As fans we need to show our support by making these trips out of town and rooting them on to victory. See you at the game.
Oct, 1, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Lake Worth Bullfrogs
Sept, 24, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Paris Wildcats
Sept, 17, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Melissa Cardinals
Sept, 10, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Pilot Point Bearcats
Sept, 03, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Prestonwood Christian Academy Lions
August 27, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Carrollton Ranchview Wolves
August 27, 2010 – Celina Bobcats vs Carrollton Ranchview Wolves
November 13, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Van Alstyne Panthers
November 6, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Argyle Eagles
October 30, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Whitesboro Bearcats
October 23, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Gainesville Leopards
October 16, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Prosper Eagles
October 9, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Sanger Indians
September 25, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Whitehouse Wildcats
September 19, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Ft. Worth Arlington Heights Yellowjackets
September 11, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Daingerfield Tigers
September 4, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. TCA Trojans
August 28, 2009 – Celina Bobcats vs. Ferris Yellowjackets