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“I’m proud of them, not mad at them,” Bronson Eagles coach Al Cooksey said following Friday’s one-sided home loss, 52-14, at the hands of Jacksonville Bishop Snyder. “We didn’t give up at all.”
“They are a large 2B team that have just been allowed into our conference this year,” Cooksey said. “We had to play them. We didn’t choose to.”
In a game that Bishop Snyder led 37-0 at halftime, Bronson didn’t record a first down until 1:56 was remaining in the second quarter, some might have expected the Eagles to roll over.
They didn’t, however, making the second half competitive by only being outscored 15-14 in the third and fourth quarters.
For Bishop Snyder, a powerful rushing attack totaling 385 yards led the way. So powerful, in fact, that quarterback Garrett Naughton felt the need to throw the ball only 3 times the entire game.
Eagles quarterback Kelby Barber completed 13 out of 27 passes for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. The running game, however, could muster only a meager 29 yards.
Raymie Powers, who recorded 7 receptions for 85 yards, caught both touchdown passes for the Eagles and played well.
“I’m very proud of Raymie tonight,” receivers coach Sherman Strohman said.
Running back Eric Oliver, who is nursing an injured foot, was limited to only 4 yards on 4 carries.
Bishop Snyder scored on its first four offensive possessions of the game, including two touchdown runs by James Johnston, who carried the ball for a total of 91 yards for the night.
John Neloms scored their fifth consecutive touchdown on a 20-yard interception return as result of an errant halfback-option pass late in the first half.
Next week, Bronson goes on the road to play Daytona Beach Father Lopez.
“Father Lopez has got to be our win,” coach Cooksey said. “We’re going to change our defense by going from a 5-2 to a 4-3 front and use more slants and blitzes.
“We’re a little thin right now,” Cooksey added. “We only dressed 27 last week, 22 this week, and next week we’ll dress 24. We had too many guys playing both sides of ball.”