Travis Shields scores 7 TD's in Tyrone win
By JASON EPP
The Tyrone Bobcats may have started slow, but when they got it going, it was a freight train running down a mountain slope. The Bobcats outscored the Rolla Pirates 42-6 in the second half to break up a 14-14 tie game at the half.
"We didn't come out and play the way we wanted to in the first half, a lot of mistakes, a lot of penalties," said Bobcat head coach Josh Bell. "We actually let them stay in the ball game, in part because they fought hard, and did a lot of things right."
After some halftime adjustments Tyrone's offense returned to their 2009 form racking up 673 yards of offense, including 573 on the ground. But more importantly, the Bobcat defense stepped up and shut down the Pirates attack. Travis Sheilds and Colter White each intercepted a pass and the Bobcats recovered three fumbles.
"We were able to come out in the second half, and defensively, really buckle down," said Bell. "They did get behind us in the secondary once and caught a pass. Other than that, we really lined up well and played well."
The offensive standouts for the Bobcats were running back Travis Sheilds (26 carries, 340 yards rushing, 7 TDs, and a 20-yard reception), and quarterback Tyler Lai (23 carries, 214 yards rushing, one touchdown. 3 of 7 passing for 54 yards).
Bell believes some of the sloppy play in the first half is explained by firs-game jitters. "You know I think there were a lot of nerves there," said Bell. "It's the first game and you expect a lot and you just kind of have to have a gut check and we got it at halftime and came out and played a lot better in the second half."
Tyrone is 1-0 on the season, and will travel to Boise City next Friday to start district play.