Grand Blanc Falls to Davison
Fresh off an impressive 42-35 win over the Clarkston Wolves, the Bobcats were ready to face off in their rematch against the formidable state champion Davison Cardinals last night. Here’s how it all played out:
Kicking off, Grand Blanc’s Dylan Hertzberg sent a deep one into the Davison end zone, and they took the ball from their own 20-yard line. The Bobcats held strong, starting by keeping Davison from scoring and forcing them to punt on their first drive. The Bobcats took the ball from their own 35-yard line. After a stop from Davison, Grand Blanc was forced to punt on their first drive as well. Kicker Dylan Hertzberg sent it deep, pinning the Cardinals down at their own 1-yard line. Davison tried to make something happen and their pass play was tipped and intercepted, with a nice additional return all the way down to the Davison 32 by the Bobcats’ David Childs.
The Bobcats decided to go with a pass play, and a nice catch and receive by WR Jonah Meleski led to great positioning on the Davison 3 yard line. First and goal Grand Blanc. RB Dennis Underwood carried the ball home with ease, giving the Bobcats the first score and first lead of the game! The kick sailed wide on the PAT, but Grand Blanc opened the scoring with a 6-0 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter. Hertzberg ripped another one into the Davison end zone, putting them at the 20 for the start of their drive after a nice series of plays by Grand Blanc to set the tone. The Cardinals tried to push back but again were stopped – a great sack on third down by Elijah Jackson and LB Cross Dobbs snuffed out the drive and forced Davison to punt it back, putting the Bobcats offense back on the field at their own 46.
The first quarter of play ended with a 6-0 Bobcat lead, a fantastic start for Grand Blanc.
After a strong Davison hold, the Bobcats punted the ball away to start the second quarter. Davison received, starting at their own 24. After a long 76 yard drive, Davison capped it off and got on the scoreboard with a 1 yard QB keeper. Some penalty trouble for Davison backed them up a bit, leading to a Missed PAT that put the game at a 6-6 tie with 6:38 left in the first half.
Davison then kicked off, and the Bobcats Elijah Jackson received it. He’s tackled at his own 25, and the Bobcats start the drive deep on their own half of the field. Davison’s strong defense continued, and they held the Bobcats to a three and out. Grand Blanc punted the ball with Davison starting their new drive at the Grand Blanc 46.
Feeling confident in a bit of a risky play close to a score, Davison decided to go for it on fourth down inside the 10. The gamble paid off, and Davison took the lead 13-6 with 1:17 left in the half. The Bobcats take possession with a minute left in the half and can’t score. Grand Blanc trails Davison 13-6. Starting the 2nd half, Grand Blanc receives. Davison booted it down the field and the Bobcats started their drive at their own 25-yard line. Offensive woes continued for the Bobcats, as Davison held them to another 3 and out. They punted to the Cardinals, who started the drive at their 49-yard line.
Davison drove down the field and scored on another QB keeper, this time on the back of a 19-yard carry. The Cardinals led 20-6 with 9:17 left in the third quarter. Grand Blanc returned the kickoff to their own 26 and were held and forced to punt. Davison ended up with the ball on their own 20-yard line, taking it down to score on a big run. They took a 27-6 lead as they widened the gap on the Bobcats. Davison tacked on another few scores, widening the lead to 35, but Grand Blanc finally stopped the scoring run, with a great 30 yard carry from RB Dennis Underwood, breaking tackles and cruising to the end zone to make it 41-12 on his second score of the game. The third quarter ended with the same score.
The fourth quarter started with yet another quick score by Davison, extending their lead to 48-12. The Bobcat scoring ended with a Hunter Ames pass to Nathan Lynch. The Cardinals were playing tough defense and a good offense, making it tough for the Bobcats to catch any momentum, especially during the previous scoring run. In the end, it wasn’t enough. The Grand Blanc Bobcats fell to the Davison Cardinals by a score of 48-19. Although a tough game and a tough opponent, the Bobcats played a very strong season this year and there are many things for them to be proud of with their explosive and successful play. Look for the Bobcats to come back roaring next season!