SAND HILLS — North Bay Haven’s Homecoming celebration ended on a somber note when its quarterback of the future was carted off the field.
Quincy Munroe rallied from a brief deficit and held back NBH 43-29 in a game played at Bozeman on Friday. The Bucs still seek an official first win and fell to 0-8, but the loss didn’t come without a spirited second half. The resurgent Bobcats moved to 6-3.
A second-half outburst of 22 points was sparked by NBH sophomore backup quarterback Michael Cowart, who threw one touchdown and rushed for another before injuring his right knee on the last play of the game. Cowart was taken to a nearby hospital for tests to determine the severity of the injury.
Cowart passed for 65 yards on six completions and rushed for 15.
“You hate that those things happen, especially at the end of the game,” NBH coach Jared Hale said. “We always knew he had good quarterback skills and he really helped our offense.”
Cowart and the Bucs couldn’t overcome Bo Bailey’s 175 yards and a touchdown rushing. Myles Edwards added 104 yards and two touchdowns.
“We came out flat on offense,” Hale said. “And we struggled on defense.
The Bucs held a 7-6 lead on David Smith’s 10-yard pass to Billy Bain on the opening drive of the second quarter. The Bucs’ couldn’t get untracked on three other possessions with two turnovers on downs and a punt.
Munroe took over with 17 unanswered points on its final three possessions of the first half. Edwards scored on runs of 3 and 11 yards and the Bobcats added a field goal in the final seconds for a 24-7 lead.
Devante Garland led NBH with 92 yards rushing. Darius Richardson caught four passes for 40 yards with a third-quarter score and 2-point conversion from Cowart.
“We hope he’s OK,” Hale said of Cowart. “He’s gonna be a great quarterback for us.”
NBH finishes the season at Bozeman next week.
Munroe 7 17 7 14 - 43
North Bay Haven 0 7 14 8 - 29
MHS - Harris 1 run (kick failed) :32, 6-0 MHS
NBH - Bain 10 pass from Smith (Bingham kick) 9:46, 7-6
MHS - Edwards 11 run (Bryant pass from Harris) 7:58, 14-7
MHS - Edwards 3 run (C.Skipper kick) 1:53, 21-7
MHS - FG C.Skipper 37, :04, 24-7
NBH - Richardson 22 pass from Cowart Bingham kick) 9:51, 24-14
MHS - Harris 13 run (C.Skipper kick) 4:31, 31-14
NBH - Cowart 1 run (Bingham kick) 3:12, 34-21
MHS - Harris 1 run (kick failed) 11:21, 37-21
MHS - Bailey 13 run (kick failed) 2:40, 43-21
NBH - Hardesty 23 run (Richardson pass from Cowart) 1:27, 43-29