Bowling Green quarterback Kadin Shank threw a three-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Clemens with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter, bringing the Bobcats to within a point, 14-13, after the conversion kick was blocked.
However, Napoleon sophomore quarterback Owen Espinoza tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior halfback Andrew Williams, which was enough to secure a 21-13 victory for the Wildcats Friday at Bobcat Stadium.
BG finishes the season 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Northern Lakes League, but the last three losses to Sylvania Northview (24-21), Sylvania Southview (14-13) and Napoleon have been by one possession or less.
In addition, the Bobcats, who still had outside playoff hopes, are mathematically eliminated, so their season comes to an end. Napoleon improves to 4-6.
For BG, Shank completed 11 of 19 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown, with his longest going to Brock Hastings for 29 yards.
Hastings caught two passes for 42 yards, Evan Brandt had three catches for 33 yards, Clemens had two catches for 31 yards, Ashton Studer caught two passes for 22 yards and Ja’ceous Shannon had two catches for 17 yards.
Shank also ran for 62 yards on 12 carries, and he scored on a seven-yard run in the second quarter.
Peyton Harris ran for 41 yards on 15 carries, Studer ran for 29 yards on five carries, and Shannon ran for 14 yards on two carries.
Napoleon’s first two touchdowns came on a seven-yard run by halfback Lawson Seibel and a 58-yard pass from Espinoza to wide receiver Trey Rubinstein.