GARLAND — The No. 5 state-ranked Celina Bobcats ended the Quinlan Ford Panthers’ playoff trip with a 35-7 bi-district victory Friday night at Williams Stadium.

Ford came out strong, stopping Celina’s first drive on its own 46-yard line and taking over on downs.

Josh Morales also stopped Celina’s second drive by intercepting a pass from Celina’s Seth Davis.

On the ensuing drive Panthers quarterback Michael Enriquez hit a sprinting Ronald Coker down the left sideline for a 43-yard touchdown pass.  Arnufo Angel added the PAT and Ford went up 7-0.

The Bobcats charged back largely on the running of Charley Waldrep to set up a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Davis to even the score.

Both teams traded three-and-outs and the Panthers were pinned at their own 7-yard line when Austin Wyatt recovered a muffed pitchout and returned it for an easy score. Dru Prosser added the extra point to post Celina to a 7-point lead.

Davis scored the next touchdown for the Bobcats, a 13-yard counter run. The extra point missed wide to the right.

Celina executed an onside kick and started from the Panthers’ 31. Two plays later, Davis connected with Prosser on an 8-yard touchdown pass. Davis threw a two-point conversion pass to D’Arion Lynn.

Ford showed some strong defense when Coy Smith sacked Davis for a 20-yard loss, putting the Bobcats on their own four. Celina couldn’t get anything going and punted from its five. The Panthers were not able to take advantage, however as time ran out on the half.

Celina’s only score of the second half came at the start of the third quarter when Lynn broke loose on a direct snap sweep to the right for 34 yards. The Prosser kick made the score 35-7

The Panthers later drove to the Bobcats 14 but Taylor Kolb intercepted Enriquez in the end zone.

Celina came out throwing, looking to score with two minutes left but was denied by a determined Ford defense.

Ford finished at 5-6 for the season after going 0-9 in 2005.

“I am very proud of these guys, ” said Ford coach Derek Alford.

Waldrep led all rushers with 90 yards on 12 carries. Spencer Suggs had 27 yards on nine carries for the Panthers. 

Davis went 9-of-15 for 127 yards and Enriquez was 5-of-12 for 97 yards.

Celina, now 11-0, advances to the area round of the Class 3A Division II playoffs to play Dallas Madison, a 39-25 winner over West.

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