With the district title hanging in the balance on Friday, the Blum Bobcats were able to do enough to win against an undermanned Walnut Springs ballclub.

Playing without senior quarterback Zane Trotter, the Hornets (5-4, 1-1) lost to visiting Blum 50-38. Blum got the better of things in the second (22-12) and third (22-14) quarters to move to 2-0 in district and effectively clinch the crown.

After the Bobcats led 20-18 late in the second quarter, they pushed the lead to 42-18 midway through the third. Three lost fumbles proved costly for Walnut Springs.

Freshman Carlos Ramirez did a fine job at quarterback in a substitute role. Through the air, he completed six of nine passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, Ramirez ran 10 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he managed to chip in 17 tackles.

Noel Chavez also saw some time at quarterback. He completed three of five passes for 65 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.

Dillon Rose ran 12 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He caught four passes for 97 yards. On defense, he piled up 21 tackles.

Christian Lares caught two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown, while Tony Chavez made two receptions for 71 yards. Other notable tacklers were Oscar Ruiz (12) and Chavez (10).

The Hornets will attempt to finish 2-1 in district on Friday when they host Kopperl at 7:30 p.m.