By DOUG DONNELLY
OTTAWA LAKE – A big first half propelled the Whiteford Bobcats to a 48-14 win Thursday over Detroit Community High School, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 start for the sixth consecutive season.
Six different players scored touchdowns for the Bobcats including two by Thomas Eitniear while Ty Eitniear picked off two Community passes in the win.
“It was certainly the type of game we were looking for,” Bobcat coach Jason Mensing said. “We had everybody play, which you love to see. Hopefully, playing now will help us build depth as the season goes on. I was very excited everyone got to see time and quality time.”
It was the home opener for the Bobcats who begin the Tri-County Conference portion of its schedule Friday at home vs. Summerfield.
Logan Murphy kicked off the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run just 1:08 into the game on the Bobcat’s fourth play from scrimmage. It was the second week in a row the Bobcats got the ball first and scored within five plays. Thomas Eitniear scored twice in the first quarter while Zach Bertz, Hunter Lake and Nathan Bauman added second-quarter scores to make it 42-0 at halftime.
“We wanted to come out early and establish our running game on them,” Mensing said.
Detroit Community got on the board with a 39-yard scoring strike midway through the third quarter and added another TD late in the third on a 60 yard pass. Ty Eitniear, who had moved in to play quarterback, had a 14-yard scoring run to complete the Bobcat scoring.
Whiteford rolled up 311 yards of offense. Murphy averaged 10.6 yards per carry in rushing for 85 yards while Thomas Eitniear gained 54 yards on the ground. He also threw for 51 yards.
Eight different Bobcats carried the ball and Bradyn Clark-Gilmore caught a pair of passes for 37 yards as the Bobcats rolled up 19 first down compared to six by the visiting Hurricanes.
Eli Shelton had three solo tackle and three assists to lead the Bobcat defense. He had a sack and was in on three tackles for loss. De’Shawn Williams had a fumble recovery.
Whiteford punted for the first time this season – a 38-yarder by Alex Kohler – and recovered an onside kick. The Bobcats also attempted a couple of point-after touchdowns.
“We got to work some on our kicking game,” Mensing said. “We saw some things that we’ll now get to watch on film and hopefully improve from in that area of our game.”
Whiteford coach Jason Mensing is 12-0 in non-conference regular season games since becoming head coach of the Bobcats.
Whiteford’s 11-game regular season winning streak is the longest for Whiteford since its 23-game win streak from 1963 to 1966.
Summerfield – Whiteford’s next opponent – plays tonight (Friday, Sept. 1) at Pittsford. With a win, the Bulldogs would be the only other team besides Whiteford to start the season 2-0. Pittsford beat Morenci, 13-12, last week.
The Whiteford-Detroit Community game will air on Toledo-based BCSN cable at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.
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