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Bobcats are 4-0 after first ever win over Landmark
Landmark fans dressed all in black for a blackout in hopes of psyching out Our Lady of Mercy. The fans of the Bobcats arrived in red and left ecstatic.
Our Lady of Mercy beat Landmark Christian School for the first time in school history, 42-35, and are undefeated at 4-0.
The game was back and forth from the get-go. The Bobcats struck first as Lake McGuffie returned a Landmark fumble 60 yards for a touchdown but Jake McCurry scored the tying touchdown on a 33 yard run. Lance McGuffie answered for Our Lady of Mercy with a 75 yard touchdown run, but Cantrell Frazier tied the game soon after with a 63 yard touchdown reception. Jon Keuler scored next for Our Lady of Mercy on a 55 yard touchdown pass to give them a 21-14 lead at the half.
McCurry wasn’t done and neither was Landmark as they tied the game with a 17 yard run from the running back. Next came a series of historic plays that made this game even more special. Rashad Fant returned the kickoff 90 odd yards for a go-ahead touchdown and McCurry returned the favor seconds later with a 95 yard kickoff return touchdown of his own. Adam Rose and Greg Hadley both scored touchdowns for Our Lady of Mercy before a pass from Frazier to Zach Barnett trimmed the Bobcats lead to seven.
Landmark had the ball late in the fourth but a fumble recovered by Matthew Frank sealed the historic win for Our Lady of Mercy. Turnovers were a huge factor in the game. Landmark had two interceptions to Mercy’s one and four lost fumbles to Mercy’s one. The War Eagles had more yards than the Bobcats 380-294 but the turnovers were drive killers and momentum changers.
“Don’t settle for just beating Landmark this season,” Landmark coach Kenny Dallas told the Bobcats after the game. “Knock somebody else off so I don’t feel so bad.”
“We’ve been working the kids hard and a win like this shows them it pays off,” said Mercy head coach Mike Earwood. “The hard work is driving kids into the program too. We’re 60 strong now.”
The Bobcats got outstanding plays from nearly everyone on the roster in the win, as each play seemed to figure significantly. Whether it was a sack late in the game from Bolden Davis or a run of a few extra yards after a catch from Keuler, everything fell just right. The Bobcats were led on defense by Jordan Sartor and Lake McGuffie with five tackles each and Nolan Bynum’s four tackles.
Our Lady of Mercy is off this week and plays at First Prebyterian Day the following Friday. Landmark (2-2) plays at Whitefield Academy (1-3).