Brandywine’s Marty Ward scores in the Bobcats’ 62-8 win over Centreville Thursday. Brandywine is now 2-0 on the season. (Leader photo/JOSEPH WEISER)

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Bobcats score 62 unanswered to beat Bulldogs

Published 11:50pm Thursday, August 30, 2012

The scene at Selge field Thursday night in Niles could be likened to a multi-platformed festival of sorts.

For anyone who ever graduated from Brandywine, (and could attend the game) there was a semi-reunion as Brandywine held an “Alumni Night” to honor graduates of every era since the school was founded.

There was also a welcome back atmosphere for Bobcat senior linebacker Chanc Ravish, who recently returned from his military boot camp and looked to begin his final season with the Bobcat football program. Ravish is a three-year starter for the Bobcats.

Lastly, and most unfortunately for the Centerville Bulldogs, there was a football game.

The festivities however, looked to be in jeopardy right out of the gate when Centerville kick returner James Kuhl took the opening kickoff 85 yards to the house untouched and the bulldog offense converted the 2-point conversion to put Brandywine down 8-0 just 14 seconds into the game.

Matters worsened when the Bobcat offense came out flat and had to introduce their punter (Steven Rickfords) to the Brandywine faithful for the first time this season after just three plays.

However, from that point on, the Bobcats put on an expose of power football that not even the most seasoned Bobcat fan could have been prepared to witness.

Courtlan Gordon, Michael Shelton and crew would go on to hang 62 straight points the Bulldog defense, who at times looked as though they were made of cellophane as the Bobcat offensive line and running backs plowed through them as though they were not even there.

The Bobcats had 328 rushing yards and seven touchdowns when all was said and done. In between rushes, Sophomore quarterback Andrew Duckett and his receiving core decided that they would also join in on the fun, torching Centerville’s secondary for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Not to be outdone, the Bobcat defensive unit limited the Bulldogs to just 80 yards from the line of scrimmage, which left the offensive yardage total to a staggering difference of 448-80 in the Bobcat’s favor.

The team performance put forth by the Bobcats was not lost at all on their head coach Mike Nate.

“Other than that opening kickoff, I think we may have played the perfect football game,” he said.

When asked about his thoughts on how his team has started this season, (outscoring their opponents 102-14) Nate was quick to point out that there are plenty of challenges and work left to do.

“We’re 2-0, that’s it. We have a five-game road stretch ahead of us and we need to focus on doing what it takes to win those games. It starts in New Buffalo next Friday,” said Nate. “We’ll be taking this test real seriously, believe me.”


Brandywine 8 20 26 8 – 62

Centerville 8 0 0 0 – 8

C – James Kuhl 85 kickoff return (Zach Teadt run)

B – Courtlan Gordon 1 run (Gordon run)

B – Michael Shelton 5 run (Andrew Duckett pass to Charlie Rodriguez)

B – Gordon 38 run (conversion fails)

B – Brian Kline 35  pass from Duckett (conversion fails)

B – Shelton 65 run (Gordon run)

B – Marty Ward 14 run (Duckett pass to Alec Nichols)

B – safety

B – Brandon Earles 2 run (Chanc Ravish run)

B – Nathan Anders 4 run (Anders run)

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