The bearcats start their 2015 football season
Bearcat football is back again, starting with six preseason games before league starts against Arroyo Grande on Friday, Oct. 9.
Following last year, the Bearcats once again started the season playing two highly ranked opponents: the Clovis Cougars and Camarillo Scorpions. The 2015 season opener ended in a 24-27 Bearcat loss on Friday, Aug. 28. The Bearcats then traveled to Camarillo where the varsity boys lost 41-14 against the Scorpions on Friday, September 4. The third game of the season resulted in a crushing 35-0 win against the Cabrillo Conquistadores on Friday, Sept. 11. In their fourth game, the Bearcats lost 49-31 against the Saint Joseph Knights on Fri, Sept. 18.
In total, the Bearcats have given up 117 points in their first four games, a rough average of 29 points per game. But to head coach Richard Schimke this year is about being patient, “If things go as planned, we’re going to be pretty dog on good. So people need to just be patient and if works out, it works out and if it doesn’t, guess what 50 percent of the teams in the United States playing football LOSE, and 50 percent of those WIN, which one of those 50 percent are we going to be on any given night, remains.”
Junior running back Christian Erickson has already started the season with 777 rushing yards ran on 112 carries and 7 of 15 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Justin Davis has completed 45 of 85 passes and has scored four touchdowns. The Bearcats offense has endured some changes with the loss of wide receiver Bailey Gaither and 18 of 22 starters total. But with key returning offensive players such as Davis, Erickson, and junior safety Mark Armstrong the ‘Cats show a strong running game.
‘’We have the same attack we have every game. We run the ball to open up our passes, but our passes also open up our runs,’’ said Davis who started practicing just two weeks before the first game due to surgery because of a torn ligament in the thumb from baseball last year.
The defense has also suffered some changes with only two returning seniors: Matt Keller, and Evan Espinoza.
‘’We’re a little rusty starting off, but we’re working on our mistakes, we’re getting stronger, and we’re being smarter on the field. But we’re looking pretty good as of now,’’ said middle linebacker Keller.