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Bronson stumbles in second half

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St. Joseph surges late for 48-22 win

By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

Bronson battled St. Joseph to a 14-14 tie at halftime last Friday night, but five Flashes touchdowns in the second half — four in the fourth quarter — were too much for the Eagles in a 48-22 defeat.

it wasn’t just a surging St. Joseph offense that did the Eagles in, it was also penalties. The Eagles totaled 17 penalties for 125 yards, including four personal fouls.

Bronson’s offense showed some signs of life, however. Quarterback Kelby Barber finished the game 13-for-27 passing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also gained 42 rushing yards on 13 carries.

A.J. Graham was also a workhorse for the Eagles, gaining 50 rushing yards on 10 carries, along with three receptions for 87 yards and three scores. Raymie Powers had the other touchdown reception for Bronson, and totaled three catches for 36 yards. On defense, Powers had a fumble recovery, three solo tackles and three assisted tackles.

But the Flashes simply dominated the second half, starting to pull away late in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth, the game announcer was ejected by officials after broadcasting that St. Joe fans were making disparaging statements about Bronson.

The Eagles were not done scoring in the fourth, when the Eagles put together their strongest drive of the second half, an 88-yard push for a score, capped by Barber’s TD pass to Powers. 

The two-point conversion was good to bring the score to 48-22 with 1 minute, 31 seconds remaining in the game.

Also of note, Bronson’s marching band pulled double duty last Friday, playing during halftime after making the trek to play at the University of Florida’s homecoming parade.

Bronson hits the road Friday to face Branford (5-1, 2-0). The Buccaneers last played on Oct. 8, when they defeated the Florida School for the Deaf, 52-7. 

Branford is led by senior running back/receiver John Perry, who is averaging 114 yards a game. Game time is schedule for 7:30 p.m.