Friday night homecoming festivities set at Tyrone

Tyrone’s Adrian Lopez (11) tackles Waynoka’s Josh Castillo (8) last Thursday in Tyrone’s 56-16 win. The Bobcats celebrate Homecoming Friday night against Boise City with a No. 4 ranking in the AP poll and a 6-0 record. The Bobcats are in a dead heat with Kremlin-Hillsdale for first place in the District C-1 standings. (Staff photo/Shawn Yorks)
Shawn Yorks
Sports Editor

At this point in the season, the Tyrone Bobcats expect the best from their opponents no matter what their record is. And the Boise City Wildcats are no exception. The Wildcats pay a visit to Tyrone Friday night looking to find a way to stop the juggernaut Bobcats.

“They’re physical,” head coach Josh Bell said. “I think we’re going to see everything at this point going out. People are going to try every trick play they can. There’s nothing to lose at this point, playing us, we’re going to get everybody’s best shot.”

Tyrone comes into Friday night’s homecoming contest ranked Number 4 in the latest Associated Press Class C poll with a 6-0 record. Boise City is 2-5 overall after a 44-22 win over Balko last week.

“We just have to be smart,” Bell said. “They’re physical up front, their quarterback, if he gets loose, can run and he can throw a little bit.
“We’ve got a defensive game plan and if we can stick within that, I think things can take care of themselves.”

The Bobcats have won eight straight games dating to last season, and have won 10 of their last 11 games. They’ve done it this season with a solid running game and a beefy offensive line that opens up holes for their running backs. That’s not to mention quarterback Tanner Hurst, who hasn’t had to throw a whole lot because the running game is so strong.
And that’s something nice to have in reserve if need be.

“We haven’t really even thrown much in our passing game because we haven’t had to,” Bell said. “That’s a good thing to have in your back pocket later on when it gets a little tougher.”

The Tyrone running attack has gotten the job done, and an yone of the backs can pile up numbers, it just depends on gets the most carries. Last week it was Josh Bean, who only carried seven times and scored four of those times with 168 yards. Antonio Pacheco added 156 yards on 18 carries. Matthew Clancy Jonathan Corrales, Hurst, Noah Rodriguez and Chance Dury all carried the ball as part of Tyrone’s 477 total rushing yards.

Even four points shy of a mercy rule win by halftime last week against Waynoka, Bell substituted freely, calling off the dogs in the second half to get four quarters in.

“At this point you want to keep everybody healthy in the midst of making a playoff run,” Bell said. “We’ve got a lot of young players that need to play. Yeah we could have easily finished it at halftime or early third quarter. But I lose seven seniors, and there’s guys that have got to fill those holes, so if there’s an opportunity to give those guys some looks, we’re going to try to do that.
“Definitely the first half, we’re going to play to win.”

The homecoming queen and king will be crowned before Friday’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff, there will be a parade Friday afternoon and an alumni banquet on Saturday.