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Munos, Tigers take care of business to top Bobcats

From staff reports

The Cambridge Bobcats had no answer for Tony Munos.

The Marietta senior caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Reece Gerber in the first quarter alone on the way to a 35-21 victory Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium.

At the 6:49 mark in the first quarter, Gerber hit Munos on a 78-yard bomb for a touchdown to quickly make it 7-0.

Cambridge answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Whaley to Kaden Kenworthy, but Marietta responded immediately with another long TD pass from Gerber to Munos, this time a 64-yarder, to make it 14-7 Tigers.

The Tiger duo completed the hat trick with 17 seconds left in the first quarter as Munos caught a 14-yard TD pass from Gerber to make it 21-7.

On Cambridge’s ensuing drive, Kayden Durham came up with an interception and returned it to the Cambridge 39-yard line. From there, the Tigers drove to the Bobcats’ 5 where Gerber ran it in for a score to make it 28-7.

Cambridge answered on its next drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Caden Moore to cut it to 28-14. Cambridge finally got a stop against Marietta’s offense and got the ball back, but Marietta’s Blake Hanson sacked Moore to to send the game to halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Marietta’s offense stalled.

Whaley returned a punt across midfield to set up the Bobcats. Marietta forced Cambridge into a 4th-and-3 and a 4th-and-12 situation, with the visitors converting both times — once on a pass interference and once on a 12-yard pass from Moore to Whaley. Moore capped the drive with a 1-yard TD plunge to cut it to 28-21.

Marietta kept Cambridge from completing the comeback, though. A 27-yard completion from Gerber to Donovan Wheeler set up Zach Bartlett’s 23-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 35-21 advantage with 7:25 left in the game.

Cambridge’s following drive resulted in an interception by Munos for the dagger.

Munos finished with four catches for 180 yards on the night, and that was just on offense.

On defense, Munos intercepted the Bobcats three times. Wheeler added 77 yards on five receptions while Tyson Shaffer added 52 yards on four grabs.

Gerber finished with 334 passing yards on just 22 attempts. Bartlett rushed 12 times for 64 hard-earned yards.

Marietta head coach Jason Schob, in his seventh season at the helm, earned his first career coaching victory over the Bobcats, who fell to 4-5.

Marietta, which improved to 3-6, will wrap up its 2020 season next Friday at Coshocton.

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