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Braxton sends three XC runners to state meet

Three Braxton cross country runners will compete in the state meet to be run at Cabell Midland High School on Saturday, November 1. Seth Backus, Logan Frame, and Tiara Hunter will represent the Eagles at the state meet.
Looking at the results of last Thursday’s regional meet in which the three qualified, cross country coach Lauri Spencer also reflected on her team’s season. She said, “Twelve weeks ago we started our season with a six-mile run. I know some of the new runners were second guessing their decision to run cross country by the end of that practice. I promised them that if they would stick with it, by the end of the season, they would be in the best shape they’ve ever been in. They were able to prove this at our regional meet at Doddridge County Park. Our runners were both mentally stronger and physically stronger than they ever believed they could be.”
Moving specifically to the three who qualified for states through their performances at the regional meet, the coach began with Seth Backus, who was First Team All-Region. “Seth has run well all season and should perform well at the state meet,” Spencer said. A sophomore, Backus, who qualified for the state meet last year, finished seventh in regional competition.

Eagles down Highlanders in close football game Friday night

In their last home game of the season, the Braxton Eagles edged Webster County 13-12 last Friday night. Although the Eagles, led by Ben Fincham and Levi Jarvis, garnered 294 yards of offense compared to Webster’s 181, the game came down to extra points.
The game began with both teams having problems moving the ball and first downs hard to attain. The Eagles’ first first-down came late in the first quarter, and Webster didn’t have one until the end of the quarter. The Highlanders got on the scoreboard first, with 9:17 left in the first half, on Cole McCourt’s 28-yard pass to Evan Wagner. The PAT kick failed.
With .01 second left in the first half, Fincham, who led all rushers with 144 yards on the night, scored from seven yards out to tie the game. Bryson Dennison’s kick was good, and the Eagles led 7-6 going into halftime.

Soccer team beats East Fairmont, loses to North Marion in sectional play

Playing in miserable weather last Tuesday night, the Eagles’ soccer team defeated East Fairmont 3-1 in their first post-season game. Braxton’s season ended with a loss to North Marion on Thursday night.
Coach Justin Whitford referred to Tuesday’s cold, rainy weather and muddy field as being “to Braxton’s advantage.” He explained, “We were used to playing on wet, muddy fields and had played in rain before so we had an advantage in that game.”
The coach also said that his team gained momentum as the game progressed. Braxton’s first goal came with eight minutes left in the first half as Makila Carr kicked the ball past the East Fairmont goalie and into the net. The Eagles led 1-0 at halftime. Then came the momentum of which Coach Whitford had spoken. Seven minutes into the second half, Hollis Skidmore scored on an assist from Carr. Then, eight minutes later, Kendra Houghton scored on Carr’s corner kick.


Knights win game against Pocahontas
Speaking about Fairmont Senior’s 35-15 win over his team, Braxton Eagles’ head coach Rob Cline remarked, “We inflicted wounds to ourselves. Our mistakes hurt us badly.” The coach continued to point out that, at one time, “They [Fairmont] scored 21 points and during that time they had only five yards of offense.” He referred to Braxton’s three fumbles, a blocked punt and an interception as the problems his team caused for themselves.
On the other hand, however, the coach was quick to point out that all of the Polar Bears’ points came in the first half. “Their starting offensive line played the first three quarters, and we held them in the third quarter,” Coach Cline said. In addition, he noted that the Eagles’ two touchdowns came against several of Fairmont’s starters.





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