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Unable to contain Bell’s strong running game, the Bronson High School varsity football team suffered another loss, dropping it to 1-8 on the season and 0-4 in district play.
Though the Eagles opened the game with a touchdown, late in the first quarter Bell fired back with a scoring drive and continued to drag the Eagles to a 51-18 loss on senior night.
“Like always, the team’s effort was good but Ty Barber stood out, playing the best he has all season with the highest passing percentage for the season,” said head coach Cameron Porch. “It was depressing knowing only two seniors were capable of playing that night and that one of them, Dakota Robertson, was unable to play during the second half.”
Cody Nickolls, the only senior finishing the game, shared that going into the game, adrenaline ran through him because this was his last home game and he had no choice but to play like never before.
For the first time this season the Eagles mixed its usual running game with an impressive passing offense. Sophomore Ty Barber, a converted wide receiver playing quarterback since a mid-season injury to starter Tyler Beauchamp, completed nine of 15 passes for 154 yards. He also threw two touchdowns to Tyler Sistrunk.
Led by 59 yards from Allen Burks, 44 from Robertson and 43 from Sistrunk, the Eagles also racked up 151 yards on the ground. But Bell’s powerful running game led by 228 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns from Austin Ritchey, outscored the Eagles 20-6 at half time on the way to the lopsided victory.
Bronson answered the large deficit with two hard scoring drives. But even with the seniors’ enthusiasm, the best passing plays of the season and a great effort regardless of score, the Eagles were unable to stop the Bulldogs from scoring 51 points, giving Bronson a disappointing loss on their senior night.
The Eagles hope to add another win to their record as they travel to Aucilla Academy this Friday for the final game of the 2012 season.