‘Cats keep rolling with 30-28 win over Gardens


Head coach Eric Davis celebrates a huge win over Gardens on Friday night.

Story by Gary Putnik, Editor-in-Chief

On a clear, humid Friday night, the Boca Raton Bobcats looked to take down the Palm Beach Gardens Gators for the third time in a row after squeaking out a 27-26 overtime win at Gardens in the 2015 Regional Quarterfinals . And just like the last two match ups, this one would come down to the last possession.

Though it didn’t look like it would come down to the last play at the start, because the Bobcats would come out of the gates hot. On Gardens’ first possession of the game the Bobcats’ defense would hold them to a quick 3 and out. On the ensuing possession, Boca would strike quickly with a 20 yard QB keeper for senior #7 Micah Leon to put the Bobcats up 7-0 5 minutes into the game. The Gators did get a first down in their next possession, but that would be the extent to that drive, as they would be forced to punt again.

And once again senior Micah Leon would run another one in, this time from the 1 yard line and just like that the ‘Cats would go up 14-0 in a game which was supposed to be a lot closer this early on. In Palm Beach Gardens’ next drive they would get closer to scoring, but would fall short as the Gators’ kicker would miss a 35 yard field goal. Once again the Bobcats would take advantage of the Gators short comings by scoring another touchdown, this time in the air,  #8 junior Willie Thurman would help extend their lead to 21 with a 8 yard reception for a touchdown.

But the tides would shift in the second half, as the Gators would come out firing as they would go on to score 14 unanswered points and would eventually take the lead off a fumbled punt returned for a touchdown. The Bobcats wouldn’t go down quietly though, with 7:36 left in the 4th quarter, Boca would force and recover a fumble on Gardens’ own 43 yard line. And once again, the Bobcats made the most of the Gators’ errors, Micah Leon in familiar fashion ran the ball 8 yards to take the lead, but the PAT would be blocked and the Bobcats would only lead by 2 points.

On Gardens’ final drive, the Gators would get inside the Boca 3o yard line; but they were unable to finish, as PBG went on a 4th and short and would come up short as the Bobcats’ defense would make a huge stop behind the line of scrimmage to give the Bobcat’s offense the opportunity to kneel the ball and secure the victory.