The Hermann Bearcats stuck it to their northern rival, the Montgomery County (MC) Wildcats last week 28 to 12 in the season opener in Montgomery City.
The Bearcats came to play and taught their opponent the meanings of discipline and persistence. The speed of play from Hermann’s flex-bone offense yielded 178 plays for 382 yards rushing and 26 first downs. They totally controlled the clock, with junior Trent Gleeson grinding up the middle for three to four yards per carry where junior QB Chase McKague directed options to the outside, where the Wildcats were weakest, for big yardage gains.
For the evening, Trent Gleeson rushed for 174 yards 26 times for a 6.69 yard average. Chase McKague had 117 yards and Trent Anderson and Keegan Head rushed for 43 yards for a 6.14 yard average and 35 yards, respectively.
McKague threw 10 times for three completions and one interception. Trent Anderson threw twice for one completion and 24 yards.
Brennan Knipping caught two receptions for 35 yards, Cameron Michel caught one for 15 yards and Trent Gleeson caught one reception for seven yards.
Trent Anderson recovered one fumble during the evening and claimed one sack on the Wildcat quarterback.
Leading tacklers were Trent Anderson with four tackles with three assists. Trent Gleeson had four tackles with one assist. Altogether, the team had 23 tackles and 26 assists.
Third time’s a charm
It took three opening kickoffs from MC with successive five-yard out-of-bounds penalties to give the Bearcats great field position. They put the ball in on the first series of downs and ran for the two-point conversion from 10 yards out, quickly making it an 8-0 game.
MC failed to get a first down on their first offensive try and had to punt. The Bearcats received the ball and moved down to their own six yard line. QB McKague faked to Gleeson up the middle, keeping the ball and sweeping the end to enter the goal line after a 13 play drive that included two passes. It was deja vu when the Bearcats completed another two-point conversion with the same counter play on the previous conversion for a 16-0 score.
With the Wildcats receiving, they started moving the ball only to be plagued by two more penalties, leading to a 40 yard punt. But while MC stumbled with penalties, the Bearcats had trouble holding on to the ball, with a fumble leading to a Wildcat recovery. Then QB Ethan Abercrombie launched a 52-yard strike down the middle for a MC touchdown making the score 16 to 6 after a failed two-point conversion attempt with six minutes to go to end the 2Q.
Hermann started the next series