Mena entered last Friday as a five-point favorite over the Waldron, but absolutely dominated the Bulldogs at Bearcat Stadium on a perfect evening for football on Homecoming.
The Bearcats won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the football to start the game. Following the kickoff, Mena took over on their first possession from their own 32 yard line. On Mena’s first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Austin Rose connected with Trey Day on a 68-yard touchdown pass to give the Bearcats an early 7-0 lead.
Waldron recovered an onside-kick from the Bearcats to begin their first offensive possession, but went on to turn the ball over on downs after a fourth-down stop from Mena’s defense.
Mena regained possession and drove down to the Waldron one yard line after a 43-yard pass from Rose to Caleb Peters. However, the Bearcats ended up having their own turnover on downs.
The Bulldogs offense took over from their own one yard, and then were forced to punt out of their own endzone a few plays later.
Rose and the Bearcat offense took over from the Waldron forty-eight, and shortly scored on a 32-yard touchdown run from Caleb Peters who broke three tackles on the play. Mena extended their lead to 14-0 with 5:15 left in the first quarter.
After another Waldron punt, Mena’s offense had one more possession prior to the end of the first quarter. The Bearcats added to the scoreboard on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Rose to Peters as time expired in the opening quarter, with the score 21-0.
Both teams were forced to punt on their first possessions of the second quarter, as did the Bulldogs again on their second possession. The Bearcats offense was efficient on their next take over though, as Rose completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Peters. Mena’s point-after-attempt was no good, to make the score 27-0 with 2:55 remaining in the first half.
Waldron punted on their next possession, but the Bearcats were intercepted after regaining possession. Mena took a 27-0 lead into halftime.
To begin the second half, the Bulldogs received the kickoff and began their offensive possession from their own thirty-two yard line. On fourth down, the Bearcats blocked Waldron’s punt, and took over from the Waldron twenty-three.
Following a penalty, the Bearcats scored on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Rose to Day. A failed two-point conversion made the score 33-0 early in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs finally joined the scoring party with a one-yard touchdown run with 8:31 left in the third. After the PAT, Mena led 33-7.
Caleb Peters returned Waldron’s kick 75 yards for a touchdown following their scoring drive, answering for the Bearcats, and extending their lead back to thirty-three, 40-7.
Waldron was forced to punt again on their next possession, handing the ball back to the Bearcats. On Mena’s next possession, Rose found Blake Brown for a 24-yard touchdown pass, to make the score 47-7 with one minute left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs next possession ran into the fourth quarter of play, as Waldron ended up scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run, the final touchdown of the game, making the eventual final score 47-14.
“Our goal was to start fast, and we felt that was really important,” noted head coach Craig Bentley on the Bearcats quick start offensively against Waldron. “We also had a big stop on defense on fourth down early in the game, so we are proud of the team.”
Senior Caleb Peters finished the game with 4 catches for 96 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Peters also had a 27-yard touchdown run, and a kickoff returned for a touchdown, for a grand total of 4 touchdowns on the evening.
“Caleb is dangerous, and we know what he is capable of,” Bentley stated.
Trey Day tallied two catches for 99 yards and two touchdown receptions against Waldron.
Bentley commented on Day’s night, “We are proud of Trey for stepping out. We want to get him going because he can be super dangerous for us.”
This Friday, the Bearcats are set to host Pottsville for Senior Night at Bearcat Stadium, and their final regular season home game. This post week, the Apaches led in their game over Lamar until late in the game, and missed a game winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
“Pottsville played well and just had some turnovers late in the game,” Coach Bentley stated on Pottsville game against Lamar. “They are a good team and are very well coached.”
On what to expect from the Apaches, Bentley notes, “It is going to be what we have seen a lot already this season. They run it quite a bit. They have an option game and have multiple guys that can be dangerous. We have to make sure we come out and execute early.”
According to Hootens.com, the Bearcats are still ranked #16 in the 4A, while Pottsville is ranked #31. Mena is an 8-point favorite over the Apaches.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm this Friday at Bearcat Stadium.