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Block seals the win with a goal line interception for Cats 12-7 win over Groton

With 20 seconds left on the clock and the Groton Area Tigers pushing for a score as they trailed 12-7 in the gridiron match up Sept. 6 in Webster it was Matthew Block stepping in front of the Groton receiver and getting a crucial pick on the one yard line and giving the Cats the 12-7 win.

That is one of the reasons the Bearcats are ranked fourth in the state following a come from behind win.  While both clubs went back and forth in the first quarter and left the score board blank. While the Tigers received the opening kick a couple penalties and made the visitors kick it away. The Bearcats had a mishandle but recovered the ball and went into the second stanza at fourth and short. A pitch and loss gave the ball back to the visitors. On a couple tough calls on the Cats in the second Groton was able to take it down to a first and goal situation at the 10. The Cats held their ground but on a fourth and three it looked like a pass when the QB dashed in for the score. The Tigers made the point after kick.

With 4:12 to go in the half the pressure was on and another miscue and the recovery by the Cats while shortly thereafter it was another Cats fumble coming up Groton’s way. While it looked as penalties and mishandled balls were going to be the Cats kryptonite, the yellow flags flying came to help the locals as Groton’s next score was called back for a hold and the intentional grounding while the seconds ticked off the clock ending the half at 7-0.

On the kickoff return it looked like the Cats were given a talking to as Austin Moen took the kickoff into the endzone to only see it get called back for a Bearcat hold. Anytime the Cats looked to get things going their way the yellow laundry was flying . Both squads were scoreless in the third.

With just over three minutes into the fourth Braden Holland got his arm work out completing a long pass and set up a run in for the score. The two point conversion failed making it 6-7 for Webster.

The Cats hoping to get back the ball quickly tried a pooch kick that ended up going out at the 38 yard line . The Bearcat defense went to work stopping the Tigers and forcing them to punt it away.

The Cats down on their own 24 eventually had to kick it away on a fourth and six. The defense went to work as Tanner Christensen and his coaching staff went to work on getting plays ready for the two minute offense.

On Groton’s first play it was the Bearcats getting the sack and Webster conserving the time on the clock called a time out. The Tigers picked up a couple yards but again another time out with Groton a third and 10 and another time out  as Webster began their two minute drill with exactly two minutes to go in the contest.

It was under a minute to go Holland connected to Coby Reetz with a 23 yard completing and Bearcat touchdown leaving Groton a 1:05 to play.

The Tigers found their way down field but Block sealed the game for Webster with his goal line interception.

Webster was held to 97 yards on the ground off 30 carries. Reetz finished the night with 12 carries for 45 yards, Sterling Rausch 32 yards on eight touches and Holland called his number 10 times for 20 yards. Holland was 11 of 16 in passing for two touchdowns on 134 yards and ended the night with one interception.

On the defensive side of the ball Carter Fawcett caused one fumble and had 11 tackles, Jared Schlotte ended with 10 tackles, Rausch eight, Reetz six and Block three.

The Tigers were held to 109 yards on the ground off 35 carries and was two of seven passing for just 19 yards as the defense had their players covered and wrapped up.

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The Bearcats had off Sept. 13 and will play Redfield for homecoming Sept. 20 before heading to play Milbank Sept. 27.

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