It’s Playoff Time: Blackcats head to bye week with playoff spot secured

Bay City’s RJ Mitchell will be looking to return after the bye week in time for the first round of the playoffs. (Photo by Jimmy Galvan)

It’s Playoff Time: Blackcats head to bye week with playoff spot secured


As Bay City lined up to take on El Campo last Friday, the Blackcats had a huge challenge set in front of them. With a win, Bay City makes the playoffs but in order to get that win; the Blackcats would have to fend off an El Campo team that had defeated Bay City in the last 12 contests.

No problem.

With senior quarterback Dylan Davidson leading the way, Bay City took care of business in El Campo last Friday with a stunning 31-24 win over the Ricebirds. Davidson was a one-man wrecking crew as the senior signal caller rushed for 181 yards and passed for 212 to pace the Blackcat offensive attack.

“Going into this week, we knew we would be without one of our playmakers in RJ Mitchell,” said Bay City Head Football Coach Pat Matthews. “We had featured both of those guys throughout the year. Going into this game, (Davidson) knew he was not only going to have to do a great job of managing the game but we knew we would have to place the ball in his hands because he is one of our best athletes on the field.

“He is a senior and he has done everything that he needs to do to get him in shape and hone his skills the way that he has this year,” Matthews said. “We told him we were putting the ball in his hands and this was his game to lose. We put the ball in his hands and told him that he would have to get the other guys involved as well and he had a very special night.”

Mitchell suffered an ankle sprain against Sealy but with the bye week, Matthews said he expects Mitchell to be back at full strength when the Blackcats enter into the second season. 

Matthews said the team knew what was at stake when they took the field in El Campo.

“The kids were really focused,” Matthews said. “They were really disappointed in the Sealy game because we didn’t play the second half that we wanted to play. We had one of our best weeks of practice before the Sealy game and we came into that game feeling really good but it just didn’t go our way. 

“As coaches, we have to get the team refocused and our biggest thing was to try to get them to understand that everything that we started out this season to do is still in front of us,” Matthews said of playing El Campo. “We had an opportunity to not only break the streak but a chance to get ourselves into the playoffs. That was huge because we controlled our own destiny to do the things that we set out to do at the beginning of the year.”

Matthews said he stressed to the team this week to stay focused on what was at stake in the game with El Campo.

“We needed to play four full quarters of football and I don’t think we have done that this year until the El Campo game,” Matthews said. “There is still some improvement that needs to be done. That was legit full four quarter game where we gave it everything we had.”

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