"Jones praises Blackcat seniors for setting bar for upcoming seasons" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Blackcat running back Davieyon Curtis (7) keeps a Spartan at arms length while his blockers, Logan Maclennan (62), Jacob Dominguez (60) and Jessie Oros (61) do their jobs blocking. Curtis had a game-high 136 yards rushing.

   First-year coach and Blackcat alum Robert Jones energized the Bay City fans with a high-octane offense while debuting the new Memorial Stadium in 2020. 
   Bay City Blackcats (5-5, 1-4) ended the 2020 football season with another impressive offensive showing this time, albeit in a losing 30-19 effort against Stafford Friday, Nov. 6. 
   The Blackcats – tied with the Spartans at halftime 13-13 – had 320 total yards of offensive to Stafford’s 265, in addition to posting 19 first downs to the Spartans’ 12. 
   “I really think if we would have performed better on special teams we would have had a good chance to pull off the win,” Jones said. 
   Offensively, Bay City senior running back Davieyon Curtis had 26 carries for a game-high 136 yards, while senior quarterback Avery Smith had 15 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. 
   Smith was 13 of 27 passing for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception. 
   Smith spread his targets around, but senior wide receiver Ray Bibbins continued to be a favorite with a team-high 40 yards.  
   Jaiden Laura had a 17-yard touchdown pass reception in the fourth quarter. 
   For the season, the Blackcats had 2,096 yards rushing – for a 209.4 per game yard average - and 1,437 yards passing yards for a per-game average of 139.1 yards. 

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