Bronson hopes to play spoiler at Branford homecoming

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Bronson Eagles (0-3) at Branford Buccaneers (2-2), Friday 7:30 p.m.

By Sean Arnold

After taking on one of the area’s premier programs at John Rutledge Field last Friday, Bronson hits the road with hopes of being homecoming spoilers in Branford as it takes on another District 1A-7 squad.

While the Buccaneers might not measure up to the team from Cross City, BMHS head coach Curtis Stacy and his Eagles know they have another gritty opponent ahead of them, after seeing Branford hold Chiefland scoreless in regulation and force their game into overtime.

Branford’s Wing-T option attack, led by senior Garette Warren (89 total yards per game), was stymied in that game, gaining just 53 yards of offense and one first down, but its defense gave Chiefland fits all night, limiting the Indians to around three yards per play.

Trey Sapp (game-high 15 tackles) and Tyler Sapp combined for 25 tackles in that defensive effort.

“It’s no secret what they’re going to do – they line up and they just come right at you and hit you in the mouth, offensively and defensively,” Stacy said. “I don’t think they are big as they were last year, but they play the same brand of football. Size-wise, they’re not Dixie County, but they’re no slouch either. They’re going to be physical, we know that.”

Bronson’s ability to connect on big plays, something it’s done in each of its games this year with playmakers like D.J. Harris, Glen Cooper and Julius Smith, will be key against the smash-mouth Bucs. Branford corralled Chiefland’s big-strike advantage at the point of attack, most notably with the help of some big sacks, which could be a challenge for an undersized Bronson line.

Contact Sean Arnold at sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com.