East Buchanan edges Mid Buchanan
By Jared Speckman The St. Joseph News-Press
Poor execution nearly doomed heavily favored East Buchanan against struggling rival Mid-Buchanan.
“You could tell our heads were about 12 different places other than where they’re supposed to be,” Bulldog coach Kevin Bryan said. “(Mid-Buchanan) played a good ball game. They were fired up, they came to play and they did a lot better job than we did.”
East Buchanan’s mental lapses nearly cost the game.
Down 8-0 with 1 minute left in the fourth quarter, Mid-Buchanan linebacker Grant Schottel blocked a punt that set the Dragon’s offense up at the East Buchanan 42 with one last chance to tie the game. The Dragons moved the ball inside the Bulldogs’ 30, but two penalties forced them into a fourth-and-14 situation.
Mid-Buchanan quarterback Dalton Robinson’s long pass was knocked down by linebacker Brandon Harrison to secure the win.
“It was a really good football game,” Mid-Buchanan coach Randy Williams said. “I couldn’t ask for any more out of our kids. We came in here, and East Buch has been riding high. We got all the effort we could get out of them, and we just came up a little short. But it’s something we can build off of.”
East Buchanan entered Dragons’ territory on each of its eight possessions, including six drives that got inside the Mid-Buchanan 30.
Despite the apparent success, the Bulldogs’ lone points came on their second drive, and it took a well-time gamble to produce the points. East Buchanan faced a fourth-and-15 from the 26 and went for it, eschewing a lengthy field goal attempt. For the rest of the story click here.
Despite several opportunities to put the game away early against the Dragons, East Buchanan narrowly escaped with an 8-0 win and pushed its winning streak to three. The Bulldogs had to make a first-quarter touchdown run stand up for more than 36 minutes, and they did so by limiting Mid-Buchanan’s offense to just more than 100 yards.
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