Catamounts get First Win of Season


Pete Prevails, Catamounts win 37-24

Pete threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns, Pistol Pete rumbled for 138 yards and Catamounts overcame uncommon mistakes to beat Diamond Ducks 37-24.

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Pete makes up for special teams’ flaws as Catamounts keep playoff hopes alive

Pete threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns, Pistol Pete rumbled for 138 yards and Catamounts overcame uncommon mistakes to beat Diamond Ducks 37-24.

The noise was everywhere for the Catamounts. They faced another so-called statement game in Mickey Mouse Athletics inaugural football season.

The distractions didn’t get to Pete, who showed that with him at the helm the Catamounts can overcome a flawed performance.

The Catamounts black cat quarterback saw his already overconfident personality rise Friday night. Pete completed 19 of 27 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, Pistol Pete rumbled for 138 yards and the Catamounts overcame a litany of special team miscues and penalties to hold off the Diamond Ducks 37-24.

Catamounts win 37-24

Pete threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns, Pistol Pete rumbled for 138 yards and Catamounts overcame uncommon mistakes to beat Diamond Ducks 37-24.

“This seems like it’s been a long day, a long day. I think the good thing about this game is we were able to come out with a ‘W.’ But I think everybody in the locker room knows how hard we made it on ourselves,” Catamounts coach Sylvester Shyster said. “At times we were very, very frustrated with ourselves, with just some really costly penalties. I think our special team play we need to tight up a little bit.

But, he added, “We’re proud of our guys. We know they hear the noise out there.”

Kicking off just eight hours after the popular Disney Junior show, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, broke down its stage that sat at the 40-yard line on the green turf, the Catamounts got away with their mistakes, but as always the question is did they look dominant enough to be a playoff contender.

The attendance of 35,000 started chanting “C-A-T-S” in the final minute, but blowouts are what will be expected in the coming weeks as the Catamounts reach a rather soft part of their schedule.

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“I think we really don’t care,” Pete said. “It’s three games out of 11. It’s a long way. We’ve got a lot of football to take care of.”

The critics are likely to come out after the Catamounts failed to pull away from the Diamond Ducks, maybe the least talented team the Catamounts have played thus far. Still, after tough losses to Black Magic and Bow-Tique Bow-Dazzlers, the Catamounts ended a two-game losing streak and won in their home opener.

Pete was the catalyst as usual. His most impressive moment came in the first half when he spun away from the sack attempt of Diamond Ducks Brigitta MacBridge, then hit Pistol Pete for 26 yards, part of the 235 yards Pete threw for in the first half.

But Pistol was the closer for the Catamounts. She had 119 yards in the second half, touching the ball on eight of nine plays on Catamount’s final drive that ate up more than seven minutes and led to Peg Pete’s clinching 30-yard field goal.

Pistol caught a 17-yard TD pass — this time without the somersault that landed him in Shyster’s doghouse a week ago — and threw a 6-yard TD pass off a reverse to Uncle Bob in the first quarter.

The Diamond Ducks triple combination of April Duck, June Duck, and May Duck never got started offensively, even though June returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter — the first punt return score of her career.

April was held to 46 yards on 18 carries and a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter. June was knocked out by an apparent leg cramp early in the third quarter while blocking on a scramble by quarterback Daisy Duck.

“I asked her how she was doing and she could barely walk. I told the team to drink extra fluids before the game to prevent this, but she still ended up pretty dehydrated,” team captain, Daisy Duck, said. “She’s obviously a big part of our offense. We always expect the next Diamond Duck to come in there and make some plays. It wasn’t pretty execution wise.”

The Catamounts led 24-10 at halftime and 31-17 early in the third quarter. Yet their countless mistakes kept the Diamond Ducks hanging around when they were statistically dominated.

The Catamounts outgained the Diamond Ducks 499-237. Pete’s numbers were nearly double that of Daisy Duck, who completed 12 of 26 passes for 159 yards.

“They were shooting the gaps a lot and keeping the pressure on us,” Daisy said. “They have a really fast defense and that gave us a lot of problems.”

The counterbalances were the Catamounts eight penalties, poor coverage on special teams and one big turnover.

“We made some kind of bonehead plays and kept them in the ball game,” Catamounts starting tight end, Peter “P.J.” Pete, Jr. said.

Down 24-10 in the third, April Duck scored from the 4, slipping through the tackle of Fat Cat at the line of scrimmage, finishing a drive kept alive by two personal foul penalties against the Catamounts.

P.J. fumbled a Diamond Ducks punt early in the fourth deep in the Catamounts territory. That was followed by one of the wackier touchdowns scored on the Catamounts home opener when Emily Quackfaster recovered the fumble of teammate Gosalyn Mallard in the end zone for a Diamond Ducks touchdown. Gosalyn caught an ill-advised throw from Daisy that should have been intercepted by Peg Pete, fumbled as she dove to the goal line, but Emily was the only player in the area.

Ducks

PlayerPass CompletionsPass AttemptsPass YardsPass TDsRush AttemptsRush YardsRush TDsReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs
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June Duck000031602330
May Duck00002501200
Gosalyn Mallard00000001290
Emily Quackfaster00000003561
Gloria0000000000
Goldie “Glittering” O’Gilt0000000000
Brigitta MacBridge0000000000
Dickie Duck00000003160
Total1226159133781121591

Cats

PlayerPass CompletionsPass AttemptsPass YardsPass TDsRush AttemptsRush YardsRush TDsReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs
Pete192731532-10000
Peter “P.J.” Pete, Jr.000000051361
Pierino0000000000
Pieretto0000000000
Pistol Pete11611913804621
Peg Pete00000003381
Fat Cat0000000000
Woimly Filcher0000000000
Uncle Bob000063904621
Kat Nipp0000000160
Max Hare00006203170
Total20283214331780203214

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