BOURNEMOUTH Bobcats completed a double over rivals Jurassic Coast Raptors, with an impressive 44-6 triumph at Dorchester’s Avenue Stadium in round two of the Dorset Bowl.
The Bobcats started strongly and a well placed throw by quarterback Craig MacDonald found Nacho Mancera Moreno sliding through the end zone to complete a highlight reel catch for a touchdown. However, with play pulled back for a penalty, the Bobcats set out once again and this time found Jonathan Gentile skirting down the right sideline to be tackled at the five yard line.
The drive ended with two Macdonald runs, the first a dive over a Raptors defender falling just half a yard short; the second, though, resulted in the first score of the game, with Gentile found to complete the two-point conversion, making the score 8-0.
From the kick off, however, the Raptors motored through the middle of the on coming Bobcats special team via some well worked blocking, resulting in a touchdown. With the point-after blocked, the scoreline stood at 8-6.
After some fine work though, Davy Baker found the end zone and performed the same play to seal the point-after and extend Bournemouth’s lead to ten points.
Following a sustained period of Raptors pressure, MacDonald found Jason Griffith who left defenders in his wake and raced home for a 35 yard touchdown, with Griffith plucking the ball out of the air one-handed for a successful conversion (24-6) to end the first half on.
MacDonald smashed his way through the middle of the Raptors’ line to open the third quarter with a touchdown and, with Griffith wide open and strolling into the end zone for a successful conversion, the score moved on to 32-6. David Isaacs popped up for his fourth sack of the game, dislodging the ball from the Raptors quarterback and falling onto it in the end zone for a touchdown and the first of two on the day for the defence.
An unsuccessful conversion left the score on 38-6, a Bournemouth advantage that was extended when a wayward snap by the Raptors offence flew over the quarterbacks head and was recovered by Joe Genovesa.
He found rookie Miles Badcock who wasted no time putting his foot on the gas, burning through the field for the final touchdown of the game and his first ever for the Bobcats.