The Hermann Bearcat football team has been resilient all year and last Friday night  against the Montgomery County Wildcats could have gone either way. The 28-24 win could have come about from the very balanced offense the Bearcats ran. Putting together 404 yd. of total offense was a team effort. The 346 yd. rushing on the ground were spread evenly with Holden Ash carrying the ball 13 times for 113 yd., maybe his best varsity game, offensively. But Brennan Knipping also carried 10 times for 75 yd., a feat duplicated by QB Chase McKague, with 10 carries for 75 yd. and not to be outdone—Trent Gleeson had 10 carries for 72 yd.

McKague threw the ball 9 times for six receptions and 58 yd.

On defense, the team took advantage of turnovers, pulling in four interceptions, three by Keegan Head and one for Brennan Knipping. Grant Pohlmann recovered a fumble and Hermann’s defensive linemen and linebackers worried the Wildcat QB all night.

Trent Gleeson was relentless getting five quarterback sacks along with Holden Ash and Brody Fredrick, each dropping the quarterback once. Gleeson continued with his double-digit tackling with 12 for the night, followed by seven for Brennan Knipping and four for Brody Fredrick. 

There it is—good execution while staying focused on the basics of tackling and taking care of the ball. The clock eventually runs out and it did before the Wildcats wanted it to.

The Bearcats face a tough Hallsville Indian team this Friday night in Hallsville. Bearcat Head Coach Andy Emmons said, “Hallsville is a very good, very talented, well coached team. We will have to play to our potential. We are going back to the basics and working on our blocking and tackling. It should be a fun challenge and we are looking forward to it.”

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