Bobcats rally to keep playoff hopes alive

BRUSH PRAIRIE — Thanks to a second-half rally, Aberdeen’s football playoff hopes remainin alive.

Deon Schlesser’s 25-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Bobcats a 22-17 win over Hockinson in Greater St. Helens 2A League play on Friday in Brush Prairie.

The Bobcats (1-3, 3-5) need a win over Ridgefield at home Friday, plus a Hockinson victory over Washougal, to force a three-way tie for the league’s final district berth.

Down 14-8 at the half, Aberdeen racked up 248 yards — 188 on the ground.

The Hawks (1-3, 4-4) scored in the first quarter, leading 7-0.

Aberdeen opened the scoring in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Drew Stocker. Quarterback Joel Dublanko made the 2-point conversion.

Dublanko also scored in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard run before Schlesser’s interception produced the deciding TD. Dublanko made the 2-point conversion after the final touchdown.

Austin Floch was the leading rusher for the Bobcats with 94 yards. Dublanko added 66 yards rushing and was 5-for-9 passing for 49 yards.

“We tried some new defensive positions and it worked well for us,” said AHS assistant coach Scott Rice. “(Deon) Schlesser made a tremendous effort for us tonight. Our offensive line did well, too.”

Both teams were intercepted twice and each lost a fumble.