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BCMS Knights down Spencer with offensive runaway

In an away game, the Knights defeated the Spencer Middle School football team 51-22 last week.
The first half of play saw what Coach James King called “lots of highlights,” and they were all in scoring. Spencer scored first. King described the opponent’s first TD. “They drove the ball well for a few plays, but then they ended in what we call ‘no man’s land’ on a fourth down. Some way, they managed a 40-yard pass to score,” he said. Spencer took an 8-0 lead after a successful two-point conversion.
On their first possession, the Knights stalled and were forced to punt. With good coverage, they pinned Spencer on their own two-yard line. On first down, Spencer tried to run the ball, but Braxton defensive end Justin Paletti “ripped the ball out of the ball carrier’s hands for a touchdown.” Paletti ran the ball in for the conversion and the tie.
Spencer failed to move the ball on the ensuing possession. On first down for the Knights, Paletti scored on a long run. The conversion failed, but Braxton led for the first time in the game.
Shortly after that, Spencer mounted a solid drive to score another six points. The conversion failed.
Next, Braxton’s Baine Cogar fielded the kickoff at the 20-yard line and scored on an 80-yard kickoff return. Drew Pritt ran for the conversion, and the Knights led 22-14.
After holding Spencer, Braxton regained possession. On first down, Paletti raced downfield for another Knights TD. Baine Cogar ran for the conversion, and Braxton led by 16. However, Spencer answered quickly to score on a long run and added the conversion.
The first half held one more touchdown. Braxton was faced with a fourth down on the 20. Jett Cogar scrambled and managed to find Colton Moore for a TD pass. Cogar ran the ball for the conversion, and the Knights went into halftime leading 38-22.
The Knights shut Spencer completely down in the second half while adding two more touchdowns to their side of the scoreboard. Midway through the third quarter, Drew Pritt scored. The final score of the game came as Braxton’s Zac Knight ran in from the three. Drew Duffield kicked the PAT for the final score of 51-22, a big win for Braxton.
Thursday the Knights host Summersville. Although Summersville carries a 1-2 record, Coach King emphasized that Braxton will take the team seriously. “After all, it’s Summersville,” he said.

Minutemen score last-minute win over Eagles

In a wild football game in which Braxton came back from a 19-point halftime deficit to go ahead of Lewis 35-34 with 1:25 left on the clock, the Minutemen still took the victory. Adam Cutlip returned Braxton’s ensuing kickoff 81 yards to give Lewis a 40-35 win. Lewis moved to 3-1 on the season. The Eagles are 2-1.
Coach Bill Haddox attributed his team’s loss to “lots of mental mistakes.” He explained, “This team didn’t run over us. We were responsible for the loss. Our [defensive] players often weren’t where they were supposed to be, and that cost us.” The coach gave as an example Lewis’ kickoff return in the closing minutes of the game. “We had defenders stationed back to prevent the return, but they didn’t stay back,” he said.
The Eagles outgained the Minutemen 454 total yards to 315, primarily on Braxton quarterback Heath Cottrill’s 16 for 29 passing performance for 381 yards and four touchdowns. Cottrill’s 381 yards set a school record for passing yards in a single game. The previous record of 359 yards, set in 1989, belonged to David Drake.
Tayton Stout caught three passes for 145 yards and Seth Arnold pulled down seen for 125. Lewis had a more balanced attack with 207 yards on the ground and 108 in the air. Their leading ground gainer, Jacob White, picked up 117 yards rushing.
Braxton struck first as Cottrill connected with Stout on a 79-yard pass play for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Eagles added a two-point conversion on a pass to Jay Cooper.
Lewis scored four TDs in the rest of the first half. Thomas Hogan threw to Adam Cutlip in the first quarter. Jared Griffith’s PAT kick was good, and the Minutemen pulled within one of a tie. They added three touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 27-8 at halftime.
The second half saw Braxton score four touchdowns in a strong comeback effort. Midway through the third quarter, Cottrill threw a 44 yard pass to Blake Withrow. The conversion failed.
Lewis answered with Luke Dublin’s four-yard touchdown run and a successful kick to extend their lead to 20 points. The Eagles responded with Luke Bonnett’s one-yard touchdown run followed by Cottrill’s two-point conversion. Braxton pulled within six of the tie on another scoring pass from Cottrill, this time to Arnold. The conversion attempt failed.
Then came the Eagles’ late-game go-ahead score on another pass to Arnold and Will Skidmore’s kick followed by the kickoff return which gave the game to Lewis.
This week, the Eagles will host the Roane Raiders. Coach Haddox emphasized that he is not taking the Raiders lightly. “I’m more worried about the upcoming game than [the loss to Lewis]. They’re tough. We’ve got to get ready,” he said.




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