By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
There’s disappointment in Bobcat-land today.
The Tyrone High School football team will not make the playoffs this season, extending a playoff drought to 15 seasons. But even though the Bobcats fell 29-6 to Shaton-Mutual Friday night, there’s still a lot to play for. At 5-4 overall, Tyrone can complete its first winning season in nearly 30 years with a win over hapless Goodwell-Yarbrough next week.
“We had young kids, we had a lot of kids step in there and play their tails off and represent our school quite well,” said Tyrone head coach Josh Bell. “We came up short.”
Leading rusher Travis Shield saw limited action after suffering an injury against Shattuck last week. But even so, the Bobcats were in the game until mid-way through the second quarter.
Down just 6-0, the Bobcats gave up three unanswered touchdowns in the final six minutes of the second quarter to go down big at the half.
“We were doing as much as we could to stay in that game,” Bell said. “Had just a few things not go our way right there late, before halftime.”
Bell told his team at halftime to continue to fight and compete.
“Don’t lay down, you’re better than this, we know you’re better than this,” Bell told his team. “We don’t do those silly things there in the second quarter, we’re in the ball game.”
Tyrone drove deep in Trojan territory in the third and gave it up on downs. Sharon-Mutual (7-2) drove deep in Tyrone territory but the Bobcats forced a fumble.
Then disaster struck. Tyrone’s ensuing punt was blocked into the end zone and Sharon-Mutual took a 29-0 lead.
“We get the ball back and drive the entire length of the field and score,” Bell said.
That touchdown, a quick pass from Tyler Lai to Jacob Williams, made it 29-8.
“Travis (Shield) wasn’t 100 percent,” Bell said. “We really used him more as a decoy so people would have to account for him.”
Colter White also had a good night.
“I’m just proud of the kids’ effort,” Bell said. “When you get this late in the season, and injuries creep up on you, and other things, it’s extremely tough.
“We have a big week this week. We want every kid this week to get out and play, and if we win this week, we finish 6-4, and that’s a lot to be proud of here in Tyrone.”
The final game of the 2010 season will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. next Friday night at Bobcat Field when Tyrone (5-4) takes on Goodwell-Yarbrough (0-9). The Eagles lost to Boise City 50-0 Friday night.
“There’s a lot to play for,” Bell said. “We’re going to do everything we can to fire these kids up to go play for that and hopefully after Friday night we’re talking about how good it is to reflect on a season of 6-4 and how proud we are of these kids.”