By DOUG DONNELLY
BRITTON – The last time the Whiteford Bobcats and Britton Deerfield Patriots met there was an offensive explosion like never before in the Tri-County Conference.
What’s in store this season? Fans will find out Friday night as Whiteford takes its 2-2 Bobcats, coming off its highest single game offensive output in history, to Britton to battle the dangerous Britton Deerfield Patriots.
“It’s another chance for us to get better,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “It’s a challenge every time we play them. They present some unique challenges to our defense and we’ll have to be ready for them.”
Whiteford beat BD 58-56 last season in an epic three-overtime battle that was the highest scoring game in TCC history.
Here are the highest scoring games in Whiteford history (counting points scored by both teams):
|Pts||Points scored, combined, game|
|114||Whs 58, BD 56, 10-18-19|
|100||WHS 66, Mt. Carmel 34, 10-27-00|
|89||Whs 46, Madison 43, 9-11-09|
|86||Whs 44, Summerfield 42, 10-20-06|
|86||Whs 64, Whitmore Lake 22, 9-15-17|
|82||Whs 48, Pittsford 34, 8-25-06|
|81||Whs 61, Summerfield 20, 9-12-03|
|81||Whs 61, Detroit Allen, 11-8-13|
|81||Whs 68, BD 13 (10-19-18)|
This season, BD’s offense starts with quarterback Nico Johnson, a junior in his second year as the BD starting signal-caller. Despite missing the first game of the season due to an injury, Johnson has rushed for more than 400 yards on 60 attempts. He also has completed 12 passes for 190 yards. Other BD weapons include running back Carter Fore and receivers Tristan Johnson and Mason Mueller.
The Bobcats scored 62 points last week in an impressive win over Pittsford.
Devon Shaw had his second career 200-yard rushing game and scored twice. Cole Giesige continues to be a playmaker for Whiteford and quarterback Shea Ruddy has a favorite receiving target in Jack Andrews, his cousin.
On defense, freshman Jake Iott leads the Bobcats with 27 tackles while Noah Bauman has made 6.5 tackles for loss.
BD and Whiteford are both in the same Division 8 district field and could be opponents in the playoffs.