"Cats end drought against Ricebirds" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson (2) eludes two El Campo as he looks downfield for receivers. Davidson had 212 yards passing and 181 yards rushing against the Ricebirds.

   The Bay City Blackcats will get a week off to savor their win over El Campo – after 12 seasons on the losing end of this historic Texas football rivalry – and begin preparing for the playoffs.
   “It was a big night - more so for the kids,” Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews said about the 31-24 victory over the Ricebirds last Friday, Nov. 2.
   “Those young men have battled all year. They have had their up and downs with things not going their way, but they come back every game.”
   The Bay City-El Campo game is Texas football’s longest consecutive game rival. The two teams have played 115 total games – 99 of them consecutively.
   To Matthews, the big takeaway from the game was that it was “the first time kids played four quarters. We actually put two halves together.”
   It also was the first road win this season, he pointed out.
   Noting the tough losses in away games this season at Cuero, Gregory-Portland and Brazosport – and dropping the last home game to No. 6 ranked Sealy – the win in El Campo “was huge.”
   “This was an overall team effort that we haven’t had all year,” he added.

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