|On a beautiful fall afternoon, the Custer County High School football team took the field against the Swink Lions for the 2017 homecoming game. The Bobcats were in need of a victory and homecoming provided a perfect setting for the ‘Cats to get their 2nd victory of the 2017 season.
CCHS left little to question if they were ready to play as they took the opening kickoff on a 14 play drive that stalled inside the Lions 10 yard line. Although not scoring, the Bobcat’s gained confidence that it would be their day. After stopping the Lions on defense, the Cats scored on a 7 play 50 yard drive with Ray Perez scoring the touchdown.
Another strong defensive series by CCHS forced the Lions to punt and very quickly David Kinsey scored on a 75 yard touchdown run and added the 2 point run to make it a 14-0 game. “We came out of the gate really good,” said head coach Troy Bomgardner. “We established very early that we could block them and stop their primary offense, which was the jet sweep. When you can do that, you know it’s going to be a good day!”
Unfortunately, it still wouldn’t be easy as the Lions returned the next kickoff for a touchdown to make the score 14-6. But the Bobcats answered with another touchdown drive with a key pass from Chad Lewenkamp to Perez followed by a 15 yard touchdown run by Kinsey. Swink then answered with it’s own 14 play drive based mainly on a wide open passing game that caught the Bobcats by surprise. A 40 yard touchdown pass with a failed 2 point conversion made the game 20-8 which would be the halftime score.
“We felt in control of the game at halftime but knew we needed to make a few adjustments to handle their passing game,” said Bomgardner. However, the Lions would mix run and pass to quickly move down to the Bobcats 15 yard line. Possibly the play of the game would happen when Jakob Morris put a rush on the Lions QB and forced him to throw on the run and Billy Berry picked it off and would sprint for an 85 yard touchdown to make the score 26-12.
Swink would answer again with a touchdown drive but the defense would make a stop on the 2 point conversion and the score was 26-18. The Bobcats couldn’t answer and it appeared that Swink would have a chance to tie the score when Perez fell on an errant snap. It wasn’t long before Lewenkamp found Berry with a perfect pass and Berry outran the Lions for a 65 yard touchdown pass. A Lewenkamp run for the 2 point would make the score 34-18 early in the 4th quarter.
The Lions would answer with a long pass on the first play from scrimmage only to be stopped short when Berry ran down the receiver. A touchdown moved them closer but a big stop on the 2 point conversion by Adam Sapp and Kinsey kept the Bobcats up by 2 scores, 34-24. Answering with a another long 12 play drive of mainly runs up the middle ended with a Kinsey score and a 2 point conversion by Tyler Camper made it 42-24 with under 5 minutes to play.
The Lions would get another long pass play for touchdown and a 2 point conversion would make it 42-32 which would be the final score. Kinsey had a big day rushing with 38 carries for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. Perez and Lewenkamp added 29 yards each. Lewenkamp also had a big day throwing with 4 for 7 and 1 touchdown. Perez hauled in 2 catches with Kinsey and Berry adding 1 each and Berry having the big 65 yard TD reception. Kinsey led tacklers with 14 tackles and Perez added 9 tackles and a fumble recovery. Berry joined with 6 tackles and the interception for a touchdown.
The Bobcats will travel this week for Friday night lights to Hoehne on October 13 at 7 p.m.