The Hamburg Lions could not beat the Dumas Bobcats in their bid to secure a home playoff game.
The Bobcats won 26 - 14 on their home field and are now the No. 2 seed in this season’s playoffs.
The Lions held the Bobcats on their opening drive and forced them to punt after five plays before taking over on their own 7 yard line. They went four and out and punted to the Bobcat 30 yard line.
The teams held each other again with neither scoring on their second drive, but on Dumas’s third possession, Kylin James scored with a 60 yard rush on the first play of the drive. They went for two points and they led 8 - 0 with two minutes left to play in the first quarter.
The Lions answered with a touchdown of their own. Johnathan Kelley completed a long pass to Caleb Bridges for a 48 yard gain. Kelley attempted another pass to Bridges, but the Bobcats broke it up. Kelly threw to Traymon Holmes for a 12 yard gain and first down, and then Allen Forrest picked up four yards with a run to the Bobcat 2 yard line. Kelley lost two yards with a run attempt, but Gage Price got the yards right back plus two more to get the ball in the end zone for the score. Primitivo Lemus kicked the ball in and the Lions were only behind by one point.
It took the Bobcats eight plays, but they made their way back in the end zone. Their two point conversion attempt was no good, and the score was 14 - 7 with less than eight minutes left in the first half. The Lion offense came out on the field, but the Bobcats didn’t let them move the ball. Rushone Meadows intercepted Kelley’s pass on the Lion 25 yard line.
Wayne Standridge and Gage Price stopped James with no gain on the Bobcats’ first play. Shannon Brennon stopped James after a four yard gain, bringing up third down. TJ Johnson stopped James’ next run attempt, and the Bobcats were fourth and nine on the Lion 24 yard line.
Hamburg couldn’t hold James again. He rushed 24 yards for another Bobcat score. The extra point kick was no good, and the Bobcats led 20- 7 with 4:45 to play in the half.
The Lions weren’t able to score and the teams hit the locker room with Dumas ahead by 13 points.
Hamburg started the second half with the ball, but couldn’t move it down the field.
“I feel like our defense overcame a rough second quarter and played well enough down the stretch to win,” Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said. “We just could not generate enough points on offense to get the job done.”