By Ethan Colbert
Cast against a backdrop of a setting sun, fans of the Bowling Green High School football program were able to catch their first glimpses of the team on Friday evening during the school’s jamboree, or pre-season, games at Hannibal High School.
At Hannibal, the ‘Cats competed against fellow Eastern Missouri Conference school, Mark Twain, in the opening game. Had official scores been kept, the ‘Cats would have emerged the victors with a score of 18-0.
This score is a far cry from last season’s score when the two teams met in rural Ralls County and had a back-and-forth game during much of the first half. The final score of that game was 38-6.
In a post-game interview on Friday evening, Bowling Green High School Head Coach Kevin Krietemeyer said he credited much of the change to growth and maturity of his players.
“You can have the X’s and O’s and everything you want drawn out,” Krietemeyer said. “You can have the greatest skills in the world, but until you have kids who are older, stronger, and more mature, then you’re going to struggle. Fortunately for us, we have a lot of juniors and seniors who have played a great deal of football.”
The Bobcats got their first touchdown on Friday night when quarterback Austin Callahan scrambled out of the pocket and scampered down the field and into the endzone.
After an offensive switch from first team offense to second team offense, sophomore quarterback Nick Breakfield connected with a deep, over the shoulder pass to senior wide receiver Matthew Kay for a touchdown.
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