Two fumbles inside the 5-yard line close to a touchdown wouldn’t help any team pull out a victory.
It didn’t help Harrisonville as Bolivar took advantage of the Wildcats’ mistakes to earn a 31-14 victory Sept. 14 at Harrisonville.
“We couldn’t get them off the field offensively,” Harrisonville head coach Chuck Lliteras said. “That’s about the long and the short of it. It’s one of those nights. We needed to play better and we didn’t.”
The game revved up quickly in the first quarter as Harrisonville scored at the 10:12 minute mark with a 7 yard touchdown run by senior running back Austin Hopper.
But Bolivar responded a few minutes later with a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Rafe Peavey, then before the quarter ended scored again, this time on a 17-yard pass from Peavey to senior tight end Clayton Young to lead 14-7.
In the second quarter, the Liberators put another score on the board with a 32-yard field goal. And on their possession, Harrisonville fumbled the ball on Bolivar’s 5-yard line.
In the third quarter, Bolivar scored again, this time on a 47-yard pass from Peavey to junior wide receiver TJ Bayer to lead 24-7.
The Wildcats finally got a score with a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Zach Davidson to tighten the gap to 24-14. But the Liberators retaliated with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Peavey to senior wide receiver Chance Rash to lead 31-14.
Harrisonville fumbled away another touchdown in the fourth quarter while inside the 3-yard line. Bolivar’s TJ Ridge recovered the ball on the 8-yard line.
Davidson completed three of six passes for 59 yards. Mason Saffels caught all three passes.
Hopper had 20 carries for 152 yards, Saffels had six carries for 47 yards and Davidson had 13 carries for 47 yards.
Tucker Schlesener had 13 total tackles and two sacks. Landon Hern had nine tackles and Logan Teal had eight tackles. Brance Neal had seven tackles.
The Wildcats, 2-1, travel to Warrensburg to face the 0-3 Tigers at 7 p.m. tonight.
“They are struggling a little bit,” Lliteras said. They are playing better than they were in week one. We need to play better than we did against Bolivar. We need to focus and concentrate in practice.”