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Bell capitalized on Bronson’s mistakes last Friday night to top the Eagles, 22-14.
But Bronson (0-4) looked sharp early with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kelby Barber to Quentell Coleman. Raymie Powers added the extra point and the Eagles took a 7-0 lead with 6:53 remaining in the first quarter.
Bell responded quickly with 65-yard run from Bradley Denham to even the score.
Bell took the lead in the second quarter with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Heck to James Oslager.
Both Heck and Denham would leave the game in the first half with injuries, yet Bell was still able to keep pace with the Eagles. Bulldogs backup quarterback Grayson Stewart lit up the field with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Oslager, his second of the game.
Bronson added their final score of the game in the third quarter: another 10-yard pass from Barber, this time to Powers for the touchdown. Barber finished 15-for-25 passing with 165 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
But later in the fourth quarter Barber was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving Bell a safety.
The mistakes, including a fumble on the goal line early, cost the Eagles their first win of the season, coach Al Cooksey said.
“Little (mistakes) turn into big ones when you’re not winning,” he said. “We’re real close. We should be 3-1, but we’re not.”
Cooksey has seen progress each week in his team, and last Friday’s game was no different.
“We played our best game by far,” Cooksey said. “Our emotions were high, we played as a team better than we have been.”
With injuries to their backfield, the Eagles have been forced to throw the ball more than they would like. But Cooksey said they’re turning the passing game into a strength.
“We’re going to continue to work on our passing game,” Cooksey said. “Our strengths are in our receivers. My approach is, just find something we can do well, and we can throw the ball.
We’ll keep throwing it. It’s entertaining, at least we entertain the fans.”
Bronson returns home this Friday to play Jefferson County for Bronson’s homecoming.
Jefferson destroyed Rocky Bayou Christian, of Niceville, Fla. last week, 71-2.