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Backus wins boys’ division of Forest Festival Cross Country Race Saturday

Finishing at 18:35.30, Braxton’s Seth Backus won the boys’ division of Saturday’s cross country race in Elkins. This was the first win for the Braxton sophomore.
Backus’ win also provided something new for Coach Lauri Spencer. Explaining, she said, “I experienced a first at this meet: having a runner in the position to win the race. When Seth made it through the second creek crossing, he was in second place with about 900m left in the race. I knew he had the ability to win if he waited for the right time to make his move. I gave him some advice quickly as he passed, and he went on to run one of the best finishes I’ve seen him run.”

Knights defeat tough Rowlesburg team 14-8

Attributing his team’s win to an improved defense and mistakes by the opponent, Knights’ head football coach James King commented, “Rowlesburg has the biggest running backs I’ve ever seen in middle school football.” He added, “Both their fullback and their tailback were six feet tall or over and both weighed well over 200 pounds. Although I think they might have been able to run all over us, they didn’t because they had so many mistakes.”
He explained that Rowlesburg had several penalties and fumbled five times. “They recovered their own fumbles, but they were always on third or fourth down, and they lost yardage on all five,” he said. “They still had possession most of the time; we only ran 23 plays in the whole game,” he added.

Soccer team wins two of three matches

Braxton’s soccer team won the first two games they played last week but fell to Fairmont Senior on Saturday. Before Saturday’s loss, the Eagles had won four straight games. Their record is now 4-3-1, and Coach Justin Whitford expects even more improvement as the season progresses.
Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Oak Hill, the biggest win so far, proved a sweet victory as the Eagles avenged an earlier 1-0 loss to the Red Devils. Braxton outshot Oak Hill 16-4, and Coach Whitford is convinced that the new system he installed at the beginning of the season “is clicking.” H explained, “With this newer system, the girls had to build trust. They’re also building a chemistry at the high school level. I’m very pleased with what we’ve done and I see good things to come. [Even though we made some mistakes] Saturday showed we can play with Fairmont Senior.”

Goal keepers’ soccer camp success

Braxton/Gilmer Service Unit 401 and Frametown Girl Scout Troop 4982 would like to commend a local girl scout for her efforts to obtain the highest award of Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. Caroline Nicholas, Ambassador Girl Scout, wanted to reach out to the youth in Braxton County and educate them about healthy eating habits and being physically active. Caroline proposed her project idea of fighting childhood obesity to the Black Diamond Council in Charleston, WV. After receiving approval, Caroline developed her idea of inviting all 1st and 2nd grade students in Braxton County to attend a two day soccer camp at no charge.

Golf team stays busy, continues to improve

Braxton’s golfers played two matches last week. On Monday, they played Gilmer County in Glenville, and on Tuesday they traveled to Deerfield Country Club outside of Weston to take on Lewis County and Gilmer. In both, senior Josh Skidmore earned medalist honors.
Coach Becky Skidmore complimented Skidmore for his accomplishments. “Josh has now earned the top spot in four out of six events for the tam. This is quite an accomplishment in a competitive field,” she said.

Eagles play tough, defeat Phillip Barbour in comeback win Friday

Braxton came back from a 15-0 deficit after the first quarter of play against Phillip Barbour to defeat the Colts 19-15 last Friday night. The Eagles not only came up with the points necessary to win but also held Phillip Barbour scoreless after that first quarter.
Playing on their own field, the Colts went up 8-0 quickly on Michael McVicker’s 10-yard run and a two-point conversion at the 8:45 mark of the first quarter. Following the Eagles’ failure to move the ball, Phillip Barbour added their final seven points on a five yard run by quarterback Tyler Titchnell. Avery Gain’s kick was good, and the Colts led 15-0 going into the second quarter.

Redskins results of games against Wirt

Braxton Redskins played Wirt County on Saturday, September 13, at Flint Field in Sutton. The Flag team started the day out with a great game against Wirt. Following flag team’s game, C-team lost to Wirt 13-18. Those scoring touchdowns were Paxton Smith and Bo Drake.
B-team finished with their first loss of the season. With one touchdown the team came up short of a win, by a score of 6-12.
Braxton Redskin’s A-team finished the evening with a 20-7 victory. Those scoring include Michael King-76, Baine Cogar-42 and Jett Cogar. Braxton County Redskins will be playing Calhoun County next weekend on Saturday, September 20, at Calhoun County High School. Come out and support our football teams and cheerleaders. Flag plays at 1:00, C-team at 2:00, B team at 4:00 and A-team at 6:00. For videos and pictures of Braxton County Redskins visit us on Facebook at: Braxton Redskins Country Youth Football.





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