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Tyrone’s Jonathan Corrales (15) stiff arms a Grandfield defender to the ground during Friday night’s matchup at Bobcat Field in Tyrone. Corrales ran over, through, and past the Bearcat defense for 179 yards and three TDs in the Bobcats’ 76-30 first round playoff victory. Courtesy photo Panhandle Illustrated

Bell: We had to outscore them

By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

They Tyrone Bobcats scored 46 points in just over eight minutes, then found enough big plays the rest of the way to defeat the Grandfield Bearcats, 76-30, to advance to the second round of the Class C playoffs. 

“It’s always good to advance,” Bobcat head coach Josh Bell said. “Too many times we couldn’t hold the edge, and couldn’t get outside fast enough to slow them down. We had to outscore them tonight. We definitely have some things to work on this week.” 

Grandfield took the opening kickoff into Bobcat territory to the 39, then eight plays later took a 6-0 lead. Tyrone took possession with 8:10 left in the first quarter. Seven seconds into the second quarter, Brian Holley scored to give the Bobcats a 46-18 lead. Tyrone had run 14 plays, racked up 248 yards of offense and scored 6 touchdowns in eight minutes and three seconds. 

But the Bobcat defense struggled to get stops. Granfield scored touchdowns on three of their first four drives, but then self-destructed and Tyrone took advantage. A bad shotgun snap went into the end zone and Tyrone’s Brandon White fell on the loose ball in the endzone for a touchdown. Grandfield then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and two plays later Tyrone took a four-touchdown lead. 

They Tyrone defense then began to force plays inside where Granfield could not take full advantage of their speed. Twice the Bobcats held Grandfield on downs, then Chance Duty intercepted a pass on their final drive of the first half. 

Brian Holley hit Antonio Pacheco on a bubble screen on third and 24, and Pacheco took it 52 yards to paydirt to give the Bobcats a 54-18 halftime lead. 

Early in the second half, Granfield had success stopping the Bobcats offense then scored to cut the lead to 30 (54-24). But the Bobcats answered back with a 13 play, 56-yard touchdown drive capped when Holley found Adrian Lopez open for a 6-yard touchdown pass, putting Tyrone up 60-24 with 3:26 left in the third quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, Tyrone ran just two offensive plays. First Jonathan Corrales busted through several tackles, just as he had all night to score his third rushing TD of the night, this time from 52 yards out. After an Adrian Lopez interception, Holley ended the game with his second TD run of the night, scoring on a 55-yard run with 7:52 to play. Corrales ran in the two-point conversion and the Bobcats passed the 45-point mercy rule threshold. 

Tyrone finished the game with 477 yards of offense on just 47 plays, 419 on 41 rushes. Brian Holley completed just 2 of 6 passes, but both completions went for touchdowns. 

The Bobcat defense, after giving up three touchdowns in the first quarter only allowed two the rest of the way.  

Jonathan Corrales ended the game with 179 yards rushing and three TDs on just 12 carries; Antonio Pacheco ran for 159 yards and a pair of TDs on 13 carries as well as a 52-yard TD reception. 

“Those guys are special,” Bell said. “We know that we just have to give them a little seam and they’re going to make big plays. They made some big plays tonight even when we would miss a block by busting their way through tackles, and we know they can do that.” 

No.4 Tyrone (10-0) advances to take on Paoli Friday night in Tyrone. 

They’re a bigger team, but they don’t have the speed these guys (Grandfield) had. We’ll have to be ready,” Bell said.

 

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