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.
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.
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.
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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