Walnut Ridge’s Mason Andrews kicks the ball for the Bobcats as Michael Steele (#5) follows him down the field during the Cats’ 28-0 loss to Palestine-Wheatley on Friday night.

The Palestine-Wheatley Patriots came to Sexton Field and shut out the Walnut Ridge Bobcats 28-0 in 3A-3 senior football action Friday night.

The Bobcat offense struggled without senior quarterback Cole Manning, amassing just 65 yards of total offense.

Palestine-Wheatley led 7-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime before adding a final touchdown in the fourth period.

Kai Watson had Walnut Ridge’s only pass completion of the night, an eight-yard toss to Ty Flippo in the third quarter. Watson finished one-for-nine for the game. Korwin Johnson and Blane Wade were both 0-3 passing, and Kel Slusser was 0-1.

Watson led the Bobcats in rushing, gaining 45 yards on 19 carries. Wade had 14 yards on five carries, and Walker Ward carried 10 times for eight yards.

The Bobcats hope to get back on track this week when they travel to Harrisburg for a conference matchup with the Hornets. Game time is 7 p.m. in Harrisburg.

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