Bobcats fall just short in loss to R.A. Long

LONGVIEW — Missed opportunities in the second half cost the Bobcats Friday night, as Aberdeen fell to R.A. Long, 27-21, in a game where they rushed for nearly 350 yards and led at halftime 21-7.

The Bobcats (0-2, 1-5) had the ball on the 1-yard line in the second half and fumbled. The Lumberjacks (2-0, 4-2) took the ball and threw a 50-yard pass for a TD. Soon after, the ball slipped out of quarterback Veek Cheema’s hands on a promising drive. If either turned out differently, the Bobcats would have won 28-27.

The first half was a different game for the Bobcats.

In the first quarter, Bryceson Talley ran for a 43-yard score. The PAT failed.

Cheema passed to Talley in the second quarter for six yards and rushed for 1 yard for the other two Aberdeen TDs. Talley ran the 2-point conversion in after the second touchdown.

Talley was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 22 carries for 160 yards. Filipo Cournoyer rushed for 21 carries for 129 yards.

“We lost a real heartbreaker,” said Bobcat head coach Terry Dion. “It was a valiant effort by our guys. They (the Lumberjacks) forced a fumble and it was frustrating to play so well and then lose. We were inches away from scoring.”

On Friday, Aberdeen hosts Washougal for homecoming at Stewart Field.