Keaton O'Dell #12 runs the ball with a few Bobcats escorting him down the field.

Braymer Bobcats lose to nail bitter with Stewartsville

If you didn't travel to Stewartsville to watch Friday night lights this past week, you missed quite a game.

Braymer had already experienced playing the Cardinals in regular season play and came up on the losing side by 28 points. Braymer came to this game geared up for a good fight and an exciting game. The crowd was not disappointed.

Braymer received the kick-off to begin the game, but Stewartsville tried an on-side kick and recovered it. Braymer's O'Dell intercepted a pass on this drive to gain possession back for the Cats. O'Dell ran the ball in for a touchdown. Braymer's T. O'Dell placed the kick-off into the end-zone, so Stewartsville started on the 15. A bad snap recovered in the end zone by Ryals, resulted in a touchdown for Braymer. This game looked to be going in the Cats favor. Stewartsville answered on the next drive with a touchdown pass. Braymer had to punt on their next drive. O'Dell stopped the Cardinals drive with a fumble recovery, but Braymer was unable to capitalize on this and turned the ball over on downs. 

The first quarter had the Cats up 12 to 6. Penalties plagued the Cats and Stewartsville was able to run a touchdown in as a result. The game was now tied up. After an interception by the Cardinals, and a pass interference call, Stewartsville scored and got the 2 point conversion. Braymer wasn't ready to back down, Shoe passed to Atherton for a touchdown. Shoe hopped above the defense and threw a pass to Atherton to get the 2 point conversion. The score was now tied again at 20 to 20.

The Cardinals answered with a pass for a touchdown and were able to get the 2 point conversion. Braymer went into the locker room down 28 to 20. Stewartsville received the kick-off and on the second play of the drive ran in a touchdown to put the Cards up by 14. The Cats didn't back down and Atherton ran in a touchdown to put them back within 8. Stewartsville answered back with another touchdown. Braymer fumbled on the next drive and Stewartsville ran in for a touchdown.

Proud to say these boys did not hang their heads or give up. Shoe connected with a 57 yard pass to Atherton. O'Dell threw a pass to Shoe to get the 2 point conversion. Atherton intercepted a pass on the Cards next drive. Shoe ran in a touchdown. Atherton ran in the 2 point conversion. The score was now 46 to 42. O'Dell intercepted the ball and then threw a touchdown to Shoe. The score was now 48 to 46 and the Cats had scratched their way to the top again. The Cardinals came back out  and scored a touchdown.

The Cards were now back on top 52 to 48 with 4:56 left in the ballgame. Shoe ran in a touchdown and O'Dell ran in the 2 point conversion to put the Cats back up 56 to 52 with 1:36 left in the game. Once again the Cards flew into the end zone and got the 2 point conversion to take the lead back over 60 to 56 with 1:21 left on the clock. Braymer marched down the field but turned the ball over on downs to end the game.

WOW is all you can say about this game. Braymer came to fight and fight they did. The record or the scores sure don't show the heart these young men have. This is the first year for 8 man in Braymer High School football. They played some tough teams, but it feels as if they learned a little about how this 8 man game works. Looking forward to watching these boys next year.

Leaders for the game: rushing yards: Atherton with 131. Passing yards: Shoe with 91. Defensive tackles: Atherton and McElwee with 10. R. Shoe passed for 3 of 5 with 91 yards total. O'Dell passed 2 for 5 with 30 total yards. Atherton had 131 rushing yards, Shoe with 125, O'Dell with 78 and Henderson with 1. Defensive tackles: McElwee and Atherton with 10, Atherton with 1 interception, Shoe with 8, Jeffers with 6, Ryals with 6 with 2 for lose of yards, 1 fumble recover that resulted in 1 td, Adams with 5, K. O'Dell and Henderson with 4, T. O'Dell with 1.

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