Bobcats hope to end 50-year drought

BY DOUG DONNELLY

The Whiteford Bobcat varsity football team hopes to exercise some demons tonight on the football field.

The Bobcats (8-0, 6-0 in the Tri-County Conference) will play host to Clinton High School (6-2, 4-2 in the TCC). While both teams are playoff-bound, the Bobcats have some even greater incentive:

— Whiteford is vying for it’s first-ever win against Clinton. In 13 meetings, Clinton has never lost to Whiteford. Nine of those meetings have come in the Tri-County Conference after the Redskins joined the TCC. Clinton handed Whiteford its worst-loss ever, 66-0, in 1977, on a night when it piled up more than 600 yards of offense – the highest ever total against the Bobcats.

WHITEFORD VS. CLINTON ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
Month Day Year Site Whs Opp
Sept 15 1972 Clinton 0 26
Sept 14 1973 Whiteford 8 18
Nov 4 1977 Clinton 0 66
Nov 3 1978 Whiteford 0 33
Sept 28 2007 Whiteford 28 40
Oct 3 2008 Clinton 0 28
Sept 25 2009 Clinton 8 40
Sept 24 2010 Whiteford 19 38
Sept 16 2011 Clinton 20 47
Sept 14 2012 Whiteford 24 26
Sept 13 2013 Clinton 8 33
Sept 12 2014 Whiteford 30 54
Oct 23 2015 Clinton 18 36

— With a win, Whiteford will clinch its first-ever outright TCC championship. The Bobcats joined the TCC in 1975 and shared the 1994 title with Sand Creek. They have clinched no worse than a share this season (Sand Creek is 5-1 in the TCC) and will claim the outright title with a win and/or a Sand Creek loss. Whiteford’s last outright league title came in 1965 (River Raisin Conference) – more than 50 years ago.

Whiteford’s league championships
River Raisin Conference 1961
River Raisin Conference 1964
River Raisin Conference 1965
Tri-County Conference 1994 (co)

— The Bobcats went 9-0 in both 1964 and 1965. That’s the last time Whiteford went 9-0. A win tonight will get the Bobcats to nine wins and a perfect regular season for the first time in 51 years.

— The Bobcats, coached by Jason Mensing, were ranked No. 5 in the most recent Division 8 Associated Press poll. The last time they finished the season ranked in the top five was 1992 (No. 2 in Class DD). The Bobcats went 10-3 and lost in the Division 8 state semifinals last season, setting a school record for wins in a season.

Kickoff at Whiteford Stadium is at 7 p.m.

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