Monday, October 7, 2013

The Cats defeat Grandview 40-18

The first time since August the sound of the Victory Bell ringing could be heard on Friday night.  After what has been a long few weeks, the Blackcats turned things around and put one in the win column defeating the Grandview Eagles 40-18.  It was Homecoming and the Cats wanted to ensure it was a good one.

In less than 2 minutes into the 1st quarter, the Blackcats capitalized on a Grandview turnover deep in Eagles territory.  Senior Dustin Johnson bulled in from 7 yards out.  Hassen "The Hammer" Ali split the uprights giving the Cats a 7-0 lead.

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The Eagles would add a TD of their own in the 2nd quarter but fail on the PAT, making the score 7-6.  It would stay that way until the half.

The start of the 3rd quarter displayed a different Blackcat team than what had played in the first half.  Dustin Johnson would cross the goal line twice in the 3rd quarter.  The scoring wasn't limited to Johnson, Senior Josh Church would find the end zone for a Touchdown of his own.  The Hammer was nails, hitting all 3 PAT's.  The Eagles didn't give up though, they added a another score of their own.

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However, the Cats were not done.  Johnson and Church would each rush for TD's in the 4th quarter. The Eagles would add another of their own.  But, when the last seconds ticked off the clock the Cats had got back into the win column, securing a solid Homecoming win by the score of 40-18.

Offensively the Cats looked to be firing all together.  The Cats would rush for over 400 yards.  Dustin Johnson would lead the charge with 4 Touchdowns.  He was followed by Billy Duncan with 115 yards and Josh Church with 63 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Senior Sean Hudson was the story of the night defensively.  Hudson set a single game tackle record for a linebacker with 16 tackles.  The previous record had been set in 1988 by Billy Reese with 13 tackles.  Joe Duncan would tie the record in 1992.  David brown would also equal the mark in 2008.  Congratulations Sean, you are in the record books!

Shaquon Brass would have 4 tackles, 2 for a loss and 1 QB sack.  Billy Duncan and Devon Foote would each have a fumble recovery.  Foote would add 5 tackles as well.  Frank Maxwell added 2 QB sacks.

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The Cats will make the short ride to Crystal City next week to face their rival the Hornets.  We hope to see you there.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blackcats Lose to St. Vincent in OT

It was the week the Blackcats had hoped to get things moving back in the right direction and back on the winning track.  The Indians of St. Vincent had another plan in mind.  It would take more than 4 quarters for the outcome to be finalized.  

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The Indians would strike first in the final seconds of the 1st quarter.  They were good on their PAT giving them a 7-0 lead.  It would take the Cats about 4 minutes into the 2nd quarter before Dustin Johnson would push his way in from the 4 yard line.  The Cats were successful in going for the 2 point conversion, giving them an 8-7 advantage.

Nobody would add to their score in the 3rd quarter.  The Cats had their chances but failed to capitalize on them.  At about 9:37 in the 4th quarter Jacob Labrayere would hit Senior Sean Hudson with a 34 yard pass for the score.  The Cats would again go for 2, this time they were stopped short.  When it looked as if the Cats were going to seal this one away, the Indians punched one in of their own and were successful once again on their PAT, bringing the score to 14-14.

The end of regulation play expired and the Cats went to OT.  The Cats were on offense first.  At times it looked as if the Cats were going to drive to the end zone.  However, they were stopped short and the Indians went on offense.  Within two plays St. Vincent crossed the goal line and secured their victory by the score of 20-14.  This loss brought the Cats record to 1-3.

The Defensive effort was led by Nico Brown with 8 tackles, Sean Hudson with 6, Josh Church and Christian Jackson had 5 a piece and Shaquon Brass had 1 tackle and 1 sack.  Josh Church also had a fumble recovery.

The Blackcats will travel south to St. Pius to face the Lancers next Friday at 7:00 pm.  The Lancers are coming off a big victory over R-7.  We hope to see you there.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Cats fall to R7, 66-30

The Cats took a quick drive south and endured a long night on the field Friday. The Blackcats dropped their second straight game by the score of 66-30, bringing their record to 1-2.

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The night started as if the Cats were going to be up and rolling on all cylinders. Senior Dustin Johnson busted out with a 50 yard touchdown run at the midpoint of the 1st qtr. Jake Labrayere split the uprights giving the Cats the lead 7-0. It would take the Bluejays only 3 minutes to find the endzone and convert the 2 point play giving them an 8-7 lead The 2nd quarter would see the Jays scoring three more touchdowns before the Cats answered back. Junior Nico Brown would bull his way in from 12 yards out and Labrayere would once again convert the PAT. It looked as if that might be it for the half, but the Bluejays scored with: 45 seconds to go in the half. The Cats were not done either. Labrayere connected with Nico Brown on a long pass taking the Cats into the red zone. Labrayere was able to push his way in from the 1 yard line. The score was 34-22 going into the half.

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The second half would not be any more kind to the Cats. Dustin Johnson dove across the goal line for a 1 yard TD push at the 8:13 mark. The Blackcats would not find the endzone again, but the Jays would four more times. When the final second ticked off the clock the Herculaneum Blackcats were down 66-30.

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The boys will return home this week to face St. Vincent. The Cats will regroup and heal up this week while they prepare to get back on the winning side of the column. We hope to see you on Friday night.


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Juniors Attend Ring Ceremony

The Blackcats from the Junior Class attended their ring ceremony today at HHS.  It is just another step forward in their High School career.  Here are a few pictures of some of our players showing off their rings.

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Eric "Big Cat" Pennington leads the Pledge of Allegiance 

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cats Fall to Northwest 24-20

The Hornets of Northwest Academy once again proved to be too much for the Blackcats to handle.  The Cats fell by a score of 24-20, which was a result of big plays, missed tackles and squandered opportunities.  Another big crowd was on hand to see the contest of these two teams.

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Karadarious Berry of the Hornets found the end zone with about 5:30 left in the first quarter  They failed to convert the PAT, giving them the early of 6-0. It didn't take but about 3 minutes for the Cats to answer back with a TD of their own.  Senior, Billy Duncan bulled in from 14 yards out and Jake Labrayere hit the PAT giving the Cats the lead 7-6.

Deshawn Bunch of the Hornets scrambled in from 29 yards out in the 2nd quarter  A failed PAT put the Hornets up 12-7.  Senior Dustin Johnson answered back with a 28 yard rushing TD of his own.  Labrayere was once again good on the PAT giving the lead back to the hometown boys 14-12.  That is where the score would stay for the rest of the half.

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With less than 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, Deshawn Bunch would connect with Deonte Wells for a 41 yard TD pass.  The Hornets again failed to convert their PAT once again, but they were back on top 18-14.

A series of procedural penalties by Northwest put the Cats in prime field position.  The Cats would drive to the goal line and Junior Quarterback Jake Labrayere would make his way in from one yard out.  The Cats failed for the first time of the night to convert the PAT, but they were back on top 20-18.  It wouldn't be enough though.  Karadarious Berry found the other side of the goal line with about 7 minutes to go, giving them the lead 24-20.  They were able to hold the Cats for the win.

Dustin Johnson was the leading rusher for the Cats with 20 attempts, 118 yards with a touchdown.  He was followed by Billy Duncan with 19 attempts, 64 yards and a touchdown.

The defensive leaders for the night were Sean Hudson with 8 tackles, Dustin Johnson and Nico Brown each added 7 tackles a piece.

The Cats will attempt to get back on track this week as they prepare for the next opponent, the Bluejays of R-7.  The Blackcats will face them at R-7 next Friday night at 7:00 pm, we hope to see you there.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cats Start the Season With a Victory

The 2013 football season is here and the Cats started the year off with a hard fought win against the Rams of Scott City.  The Blackcats entered this season and game feeling they owed the Rams a little payback for their first game defeat last year.  The Cats would settle the debt by shutting out Scott City by the score of 13-0.


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The scorching heat and first game bugs provided slow starts for both teams.  The one aspect that didn't need any time to settle in was the defense of the Blackcats.  The defense was the true story of the night for the Cats.  They came out hitting from the start and never let up.  They completely dominated the line of scrimmage for the entirety of the game.  Achieving their first shutout of the year.  The defensive effort was lead by junior Nico Brown with 9 tackles.

Tyler partney makes the tackle

Midway through the 2nd quarter, senior Dustin Johnson found the end zone for the first score of the game on a 27 yard run.  Jake Labrayare split the uprights on the PAT giving the Cats a 7-0 lead.  Johnson would score again late in the 2nd quarter making the score 13-0.  That proved to be the final score of the night.


The Blackcat defense also stacked up 2 QB sacks on the night.  One was punishing shot by senior Billy Duncan.  The Rams began to threaten in the 4th quarter but their drive was cut short by key interception by linebacker Sean Hudson.

Gavin Richards, Josh Church and Christian Jackson all had good nights for the Cats. 


Last night the Class of 1963 was honored at halftime.  There were several former Blackcat football players in attendance as well as the man who put Herky Football on the map in that era, Coach Bill Holmes. 

Coach Holmes is legendary for his toughness when it 543391_10201481255260702_1016189008_ncame to the game of football.  Coach Holmes also began the tradition of ringing the Victory Bell.  It was an honor to to have him on the sidelines during the second half.

The Blackcats will be at home again next week when they face Transportation & Law Academy.  TLA came out on top of the Cats last year, so once again the Cats are looking to even the score.  Kick off is at   7:00 pm.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sportswriters & Broadcasters Rank the Blackcats

A panel of sportswriters and sports broadcasters compiled a statewide ranking of each class in football.  The Blackcats clicked in the #7 slot of all Class #2 high schools.  Here is a look at the rankings.


Rank, team            2012    Pts.

1. Lamar (15)            12-3    150

2. MV-Liberty            10-3    134

3. Caruthersville        10-3    116

4. Lutheran North        4-7    92

5. Mountain Grove        11-1    84

6. South Callaway        10-2    74

7. Herculaneum        7-3    55

8. Strafford            10-1    52

9. Blair Oaks            13-2    27

10. Brookfield            7-4    17

Also receiving votes: Lafayette County (11-1) 16, Holden (11-3) 4, Palmyra (7-5) 3, Lathrop (11-2) 1.