Senior Night is record night for Bobcat football team

By DOUG DONNELLY

OTTAWA LAKE – Whiteford’s offense wasn’t just good Friday against Pittsford. It was historically good.

The Bobcats compiled 468 yards rushing and 155 yards passing, a combined total of 623 yards, which is the highest single-game offensive output in school history.

“I was really proud of the growth we had in all phases from last week to this week,” Whiteford Coach  Jason Mensing said.

The Bobcats were in control from the start. They scored on every time the had the ball except the final possession of the game, which came with a running clock against first-year Tri-County Conference member Pittsford.

Devon Shaw rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He’s one of four Bobcat seniors to take the field Friday in what was Senior Night. Nicholas Freeman, Luke Masserant and Jacob Kahn are the others.

“We’ve played a long time and a lot of football,” Shaw said. “Ever since being part of that state championship season in 2017, my freshman year, I’ve wanted to work hard to try and get back to that. This win gives us the push and momentum we need to go out the next couple of weeks.”

Whiteford’s offensive wizardry topped the 593 yards the Bobcats put up against Lenawee Christian in a 2017 playoff game and the 588 yards Whiteford had last season against Madison. School records date back into the 1950s, and although not every game is available, Friday’s output topped every offensive output on record. Whiteford set another record with 32 first downs.

In addition to Shaw’s 215 yards on the ground, five other Bobcats contributed to the rushing total – Shea Ruddy (9-83), Luis Trejo (10-75), Cole Giesige (8-71), Josh Hill (1-26) and Ryin Ruddy (2- -2). Shea Ruddy completed 7 of his 9 passes for 155 yards. Jack Andrews caught a pair of touchdowns from Ruddy and had three catches in all for 100 yards. Levi Hillard (2-31) and Giesige (2-24) also caught passes. Giesige scored three touchdowns.

The win was important for the Bobcats for multiple reasons. For one, it put the Bobcats into third place in the eight-team district. By winning out it would appear the Bobcats are in the drivers seat for a home playoff game. It also helped the Bobcats bounce back from a 50-14 loss to No. 1 ranked Sand Creek.

Whiteford’s final two regular season games are against potential district opponents.

Whiteford plays 1-3 Britton Deerfield this week at Britton and close the regular season with a game at Petersburg against the 1-3 Summerfield Bulldogs.

“For us to reach our goals, we will need to continue to improve our execution each week,” Mensing said.

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