Bobcats lead Liberty-Benton at halftime of suspended game

FINDLAY — As lightning flashed through the sky, the defenses for Liberty-Benton and Bowling Green
continued to not allow their opponent to find any daylight. BG led the Eagles, 7-6, as play was
suspended at halftime due to weather. The game will resume today at 4 p.m.
The Eagles and Bobcats scored on their first drive of the game, and could not muster much after that.
Liberty-Benton opened the game with an impressive 10-play, 65-yard drive that saw halfback Austin Combs
amass 40 yards rushing.
That momentum continued for the Eagles at the beginning of their second drive, with Combs breaking off
three strong runs. But Bowling Green began to load the box and force Liberty-Benton quarterback Nathan
Craft to beat it over the top. He could not accomplish that on a consistent basis, and the Bobcats held
the Eagles to two first downs on their final three drives of the half.
“It was just over-reading by linebackers, then we were able to settle in,” said Bowling Green head coach
Scott Seeliger. “We just got acclimated to the whole thing, and we kept playing hard. I think we were
playing hard at the end of the half defensively. We had 11 guys flying around and our kids were making
plays for us.”
Offensively was a different story for the Bobcats. After a well-orchestrated opening drive by quarterback
Devon Garcia, which included a beautiful 19-yard touchdown pass to Brock Powers, the BG offense
sputtered. The next three Bobcats drives ended with two three-and-outs and an interception.
Both teams were hampered by penalties. Liberty-Benton wide receiver/defensive back Mason Rose was ejected
from the game for targeting late in the second quarter. He will be ineligible to return to the game when
it resumes today.
Now, the objective for both coaching staffs is to get their players to stay focused and keep an intense
mindset as they have a night of sleep before the game resumes.
“That’s going to be the tough thing,” Seeliger said. “But I think they want the win and are really
focused on finding a way to win. I think that’ll take care of itself and they’ll be ready to play.”