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Blackckats lose in shootout to New Madrid

The Blackcats Football Game got into a shootout with the New Madrid County Central Eagles, Friday night, in the home opener.

The two teams went back and forth for three quarters, but Central won with a decisive fourth quarter. The final score was 47-28.

The Eagles Senior Running Back Printice Willis scored one minute 30 seconds into the game to give Central a 6-0 lead. Fredericktown fired back with a 60-yard run by Brandon Brown and a 2-point conversion pass from Wesley Sharp to Mike Stapfer to make it 8-6 with 8:45 still to play in the first period.

Sophomore Quarterback Leslie Williams scored from two yards out and it was 12-8, Eagles with 5:30 to play in the first. The Cats were not to be outdone in the first quarter, however. Sharp connected with Stapfer again on a 53-yard pass to Stapfer. The PAT was wide right, and the Cats led 14-12 with 2:00 still to play in the first quarter.

Thankfully for those trying to keep up, the scoring slowed in the second period. Willis scored the only points on a 19-yard run, and he added the 2-point conversion to give the Eagles a 20-14 halftime lead.

The Cats turned the ball over on a fumble early in the third period, and the Eagles looked primed to score, taking over on the FHS 33. When Central freshman running back Antonio McIntosh busted threw a hole to the Fredericktown seven, it looked like the Eagles were about to increase their lead. On first and goal, Williams was dropped for a 4-yard loss. After a penalty and a couple of short runs, the Eagles faced fourth and goal with about two feet to go for the score. The snap was mishandled and the Eagles recovered their own fumble, but Fredericktown took over on downs at the four-yard line. The momentum had shifted to the Cats and they took advantage. Brown and Tyler Thompson got the running duties, and the Cats benefited from a pass interference call. They moved to the 36 yard line, second down and 15, when Brown took another handoff. He streaked down the sideline and scored 64 yards later. Thompson ran in the conversion to give the Cats a 22-20 lead with 5:38 to play in the third quarter. It was the only score of the period and the Cats led with a quarter to play.

In the fourth, the Cats punted on their first three possessions, while New Madrid had a 3-play, 62-yard drive, a 2-play 54-yard drive, and a 3-play, 51-yard drive, each for scores. The Eagles led 41-22, and never looked back Each team scored one more time. The Cats final TD came on a 10-yard, Sharp-to-Stapfer hook-up.

For the game, Brown had nine carries for 131 yards. Thompson had 8-53, and Ryan Sawyer had 8-37 before leaving the game with an injury. Sharp completed 5-12 passes for 113 yards and two scores. Stapfer had two catches for 63 yards and both TDs.

On defense, the Cats allowed 561 yards rushing on 48 carries. McIntosh led with 23 carries for 224 yards. Willis had nine carries for 170 yards. Brown led the Cats with 16 total tackles.

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