“We just kept answering and managed to stay ahead,” Munroe head coach Joey Edwards assessed about his team’s 43-29 win over North Bay Haven Friday night at Bozeman Stadium in Panama City.
After going ahead 24-7 at the half the Bobcats answered every comeback score by the Buccaneers in the second half and came away with their sixth win this year.
Will Harris scored an early touchdown and Myles Edwards ran in two more in the first half. Those combined with a Harris to Bo Bailey two-point conversion, an extra-point kick by Cole Skipper, and a 37-yard field goal by Skipper gave the Bobcats their opening half points.
A Cowart Bringham 22-yard scoring pass to Darius Richardson allowed NBH to close the gap to 24-14 on the first possession of the second half.
But Harris scampered in on a 13-yard touchdown run on the Munroe possession to keep a 31-14 space.
Cowart then pushed in from one yard out to get NBH back in it at 31-21 at the end of three quarters.
Harris, however, got his third touchdown of the night early in the fourth quarter, again giving the Bobcats space at 37-21.
Munroe held the Buccaneers on the home team’s next possession and wrapped up the win when Bailey skirted 13-yards to end the visitor scoring.
Again, the blocking of the offensive line of Sawyer Kyllonen, Walt Kelleher, Max Baroody, Joey Sloan and Sean Newton had a big hand in the win, helping the Bobcats control things with 366 rushing yards.
Bailey ended the night with 165 of those yards, Edwards churned for 113 and Harris added 65.
“We looked comfortable moving the ball,” Edwards said, “and I thought it may have been our best game offensively.”
Munroe will end their season Friday night in Tallahassee when they play John Paul II at Florida High.
WEST GADSDEN IS BOWL BOUND
The West Gadsden Panther football team has accepted an invitation to play in the Emerald Coast Bowl Game in Panama City on Wednesday, November 13.
The game will be played at Panama City’s Tommy Oliver Field. Bay High will be the opponent in the 8 p.m. EST contest.
West Gadsden has a 5-4 record going into Friday’s regular season final game at home against Wewahitchka.
“We feel very honored to receive a bid to a game like this,” West Gadsden first year coach Joey Striplin said. “To get to play in the post season was one of our goals this year.”