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Bobcats get back on track

By Kerry Barboza--Sports Editor

COMFORT - One week after dropping its first game of the year, the Comfort Bobcat football team rebounded by defeating Johnson City, 58-0, Friday night in Comfort.

The 'Cats basically had the contest in the bag by halftime as it scored touchdowns on five of six first-half possessions, including the first four, to take a 38-0 halftime lead.

By contrast, Johnson City also had six first-half possessions, but recorded three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble), two punts and gave the ball up on loss of downs.

CHS head coach Paul Talbert was proud of how the team responded after a tough loss to defending state champions Blanco, 15-14, on Oct. 18.

"The kids needed a victory," Talbert said. "We lost a heartbreaker last week."

The 'Cats were shorthanded against Blanco because four players were suspended for two games for disciplinary reasons. The players dressed Friday against Johnson City, but didn't play. They are eligible to play this Friday against Lago Vista.

"The kids broke some rules and the rules had to be enforced," Talbert said. "But that's behind us, our goals can still be achieved, we can still accomplish what we set out to do.

"We just have to take care of business every week and gain some momentum going into the playoffs," Talbert added.

Comfort didn't waste any time taking care of the business at hand Friday against the Eagles of Johnson City.

Sergio Cisneros struck first for the Cats when he scrambled in from four yards out with 8:26 remaining on the clock in the first quarter.

CHS quarterback Ty Rexrode took over from there and scored on Comfort's next three possessions, all on quarterback options. Rexrode scampered in from 20, 70 and 35 yards to put the 'Cats up 30-0 less than 14 minutes into the game.

Talbert wasn't surprised by what Rexrode was able to do.

"Ty is a great athlete, he has size, strength and speed," the coach said. "When Ty wants to turn it on, Ty can turn it on.

"We need him to come on strong the last half of district," Talbert continued. "He's got to be a vital part of our playoff run."

Shane Jones then scored on a 14-yard run to give CHS its 38-0 halftime lead. The 'Cats finished the first half with 282 rushing yards.

The teams agreed to use a running clock in the second half to speed up the game, but Comfort was still able to score three touchdowns the first three times it touched the ball. The 'Cats needed all of seven plays to score its three TDs.

Rexrode added another touchdown with a 55-yard burst in the third, while Cisneros scored on runs of 80 and 31 in the fourth.

Comfort totaled 575 rushing yards on 34 carries. Rexrode only had five carries, but four went for TDS and he racked up 172 yards.

Cisneros totaled 258 yards on 28 totes and Jones tallied 84 yards with his seven carries.

Cody Moore recorded 61 yards on one carry and added two extra-point conversion runs.

Josh Koch, Allen Castro and Jones all had interceptions in the game for Comfort.

Talbert wasn't sure how the Bobcat field would hold up because of all the rain it received, but added it turned out to be fine.

"There was so much rain, we felt like the field would be a factor, but our turf held up real well," he said. "We have a ball game here (Friday) and I think it will be playable."

Friday's game is against Lago Vista and is the Bobcats' Homecoming contest for the year.

The 'Cats then finish out the regular season with a trip to Junction on Nov. 8.