Cass-Midway runs past Drexel

By Stephanie Yeagle The Cass County Democrat-Missourian
Posted: October 21, 2011 - 11:51 PM

Under the lights Friday night at Midway, the Vikings met their Western Missouri Conference and district opponents Drexel at midfield. The whole team took a knee with their coaches standing behind them while the audience took a moment of silence.

Both the Vikings and the Bobcats bowed their heads in prayer for Drexel football players Trevor Cooley and Chris Moles, who were involved in a serious injury accident Oct. 15.

But before the captains could meet on midfield for the coin toss, Cooley walked into the stadium. The crowd got on its feet, giving Cooley a standing ovation. The junior running back joined his captain teammates at midfield for the coin toss.

In the end though, Midway came out on top, 28-14, ending the Bobcats' chances for moving on to the playoffs.

"It feels great," Midway senior quarterback Taylor Ayres said. "It's what we worked for all season. We have been putting in the practice. Drexel is a great team, we knew they would be tough, but we came out and executed and came out on top and that is what we are trying to do."

Drexel scored first in the game though, with just 17.6 seconds left in the first quarter, on a 2-yard run by senior quarterback Blake Seba. After Keifer Shipley's kick, the Bobcats led, 7-0.

In the second quarter, Midway responded with a 21-yard bob and weave touchdown run by sophomore running back Bobby Zielinski. Tyler Willms hit the point after, tying up the score at 7-7.

The Bobcats fought back with a touchdown at the 4:59 minute mark with a 3-yard carry by Seba to lead 14-7. But the Vikings retaliated, driving the ball down the field with Ayres punching in the score from 1 yard out to knot the score at 14-14 at halftime.

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