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Bronson looks to turn season around

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Eagles face winnable games after tough stretch

By Ryan Butler

Bronson outplayed Hilliard in the fourth quarter of the teams’ game on Oct. 19, outscoring the Flashes 8-6 and making two trips inside the red zone.
The first three quarters didn’t go as well.
Hilliard (6-2) ran over Bronson (1-6), literally and figuratively in a 54-8, mercy-rule shortened game. The Flashes scored on every one of their possessions in the first half, picking up over 400 yards of offense in the process.
The loss is the latest defeat in a tough season. The schedule does get more manageable going forward with two winnable district games against a winless Hawthorne team and Bell, respectively.
Wins in both games would give the Eagles a respectable third-place finish in district 1A-6 behind state-tile contender Trenton and current district second-place Hilliard.
The undermanned roster has been further depleted by injuries during the campaign. Staring quarterback Tyler Beauchamp watched the game while supported by crutches.
Back-up quarterback Ty Barber and running back Jahmel Robinson were not able to get the offense moving against the stingy Flashes defense, getting shut out until the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile Hilliard seemed to move the ball at will. Lead by running back Josh Conner, the Flashes racked up 359 rushing yards in the first half.
Conner had 192 first-half yards to go along with five touchdowns. He added another score early in the fourth quarter.
HIlliard quarterback Gunner Chaires was also effective. He ran for 94 yards on only three caries. He threw a 45-yard touchdown strike early in the first quarter on his only pass attempt of the game. He added a defensive touchdown after picking off Barber and racing for the end zone in the third quarter.