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Wet and Wild XC race provides challenges for runners Eagles earn five individual awards
“This meet was very appropriately named,” cross country coach Lauri Spencer said of Saturday’s Wet and Wild Invitational at Cameron. “There were four creek crossings, one of which was a water hole where the water was 50 inches deep. Some of our runners took advantage of this unique aspect of the course and cannonballed into the waterhole,” she added.
Coach Spencer described another aspect of Saturday’s course. “Because of all the recent rain, there were places on the course that the mud was deep enough to come up to their ankles. This is a course that our runners will remember for a long time,” she added. It’s also the course where Braxton’s runners will be competing in the Regional race. The Regional course, however, will be without the waterhole. Spencer noted, “Running in the Wet and Wild Invitational was a good preview of the course for our runners.”
Five Braxton runners received awards for placing in the top 15. Katrina White, who placed fifth in the girls’ race, had the highest finish. Tiara Hunter finished tenth. Seth Backus placed sixth in the boys’ race. Also earning awards were Holden Hunter for thirteenth place and Cooper Brady for fifteenth place.
Both Braxton teams placed fourth. “Both teams have been very competitive all season,” Coach Spencer commented. “I expect them to continue to be competitive at our LKC meet at Tyler Consolidated High School and the Regional race at Cameron.” The LKC meet is scheduled for Oct. 15, and the Regional meet for Oct. 22.
Eagles golfers end season
In the Regional golf match last Monday, Braxton’s team finished seventh out of 10 teams.
Roane County emerged as Regional champs.
Cam Long had the Eagles’ low score as he finished with a 91. Coach Jerry Frame described the conditions for the match at Green Hills in Fairmont as “sloppy” as “it rained for a while and then quit.”
The Eagles’ 2015 season is finished.
Lady Eagles outscore Midland Trail 10-1 in only game of week
Raising their season record to 10-5-1 with four regular-season games remaining, the Lady Eagles’ soccer team defeated Midland Trail 10-1 Thursday.
Braxton scored only three of the team’s 10 goals in the first half, and Coach Justin Whitford offered a reason. “We hadn’t played in a week,” he said, “so we didn’t do so well in the first half. It took us awhile to get started.” Also, although the Lady Eagles did win by nine goals, Coach Whitford commented that Midland Trail “actually looked a lot better than they did earlier in the season.”
The three goals Braxton scored in the first half started with one by Laurel Lloyd in the 12th minute. Makila Carr assisted on that goal. Also scoring for the Eagles in the first half were
Abby Liston and Hollis Skidmore. Kendra Houghton received an assist on Liston’s goal.
Midland Trail scored its lone goal in the first half.
Going into the second half, Hannah Dittman added a goal for Braxton on a free kick just six minutes into the half. Houghton scored three times during the second half, and Liston added a goal. Caroline Nicholas and Jessica Beckett each had one goal. Liston, Lloyd, and Nicholas all had assists in the second half. Goalie Leslee Coffman made two saves in the win.
Last night, the Lady Eagles traveled to Philip Barbour. Thursday night they return home to take on South Harrison at 6 p.m.
Liberty edges Eagles in Braxton’s Homecoming game
“We had our opportunities; we just didn’t capitalize on them,” Eagles’ head coach Bill Haddox said of Liberty of Harrison’s 24-21 win over his team Friday night.
Continuing, Coach Haddox explained some of the reasons for Braxton’s loss. “We made a few mistakes,” he said. “Our kids played hard, but we’re a young team. “When you’re playing that many young kids, there are going to be mistakes. The effort is there, but the experience of playing is not there,” he added.
One of the Eagles’ players whom Coach Haddox mentioned was Bruce Wayne, who scored two of Braxton’s touchdowns, both on long runs. Wayne ended the game with 143 yards on 13 carries. “Bruce did a great job,” the coach said, continuing to note that he is the only experienced senior on the team and using Wayne as an example of what comes with experience. Here Coach Haddox also mentioned another senior, Dustin Lavancher, who “played well on defense.”
Braxton’s offense came up with a total 254 yards, 225 of which were on the ground. Liberty managed to shut down most of the Eagles’ passing game. Braxton had 29 yards passing in Friday’s game.
Seth George led Liberty’s offense with 166 yards on the ground and four receptions for 98 yards. Liberty had a total of 325 yards on offense.
Both teams scored twice in the first half, but the Eagles went into halftime up 14-12 because of the Mountaineers’ failure on PAT conversions.
In second half action, Braxton received the kickoff and, on the first play from scrimmage, Wayne scored his second touchdown of the night. Makila Carr’s kick, her third of the night, was good, and the Eagles were up 21-12.
Early in the fourth quarter, Liberty cut Braxton’s lead to three with George’s first touchdown of the game. During the fourth quarter, Eagles’ center Jon Smith the game because of an injury. “We replaced Jon with a freshman at center, and we also had to replace him on defense,” Coach Haddox said.
After Braxton turned over the ball on downs deep in their own territory, George scored again for what proved to be the final touchdown of the game and the win.
Looking toward Friday’s home game against Ravenswood, Coach Haddox hopes to see his team, now 3-3 after two consecutive losses, get back into the win column. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Knights’ football squad moves to 3-2 with win over Calhoun
Playing at home Thursday night and energized by challenges issued by their coaches, the Knights won a 36-24 victory over Calhoun Middle School.
Down by two at halftime, the Knights came to life in the second half for the win.
Head coach James King explained that, before the game, the coaches “gave the kids some goals.” He explained, “We were worried about Calhoun because they had scored on Summersville, and we hadn’t. We decided to give the kids some extra motivation.”
“The first goal,” he said, “was a big play on defense.” Reaching that goal came early in the game. Braxton kicked off to open the game. On the second play of the game, Jamie Green stripped the ball out of the Calhoun running back’s arms and raced downfield to the two-yard line. One play later, Jett Cogar scored. The conversion attempt failed, but, within the first 30 seconds of the game, the team had reached the first goal and led 6-0.
In second-quarter action, Calhoun went up 8-6. Then, as Coach King recalled, Braxton had the ball with “just a few minutes left in the first half.” For the second goal, King said, “[The coaches] wanted 200 yards rushing.” They also decided to use a different approach on this drive. They drove the ball downfield but were running out of time. The new approach was to put lineman Brandon Gray in at quarterback. On the first play, he picked up good yardage, and then, according to the coach, “ran over the defense to score.” He also ran for the two-point conversion and a 14-8 Braxton lead.
That lead didn’t last long. On Calhoun’s ensuing possession, the team ran three straight passing plays for short gains. Then, they scored on what Coach King estimated as an 80-yard pass play. Their two-point conversion was good, giving them a two-point edge going into halftime.
The Knights had possession of the ball to open the second half, and that’s when the team reached a third goal, for the offensive line to block to the echo of the whistle. “The line woke up,” Coach King said, “and we ran over their defense in the second half. On that opening possession, Braxton drove to the 10-yard line. Gray went behind center and scored. Justin Paletti ran for the two-point conversion, and Braxton led by six.
Braxton’s defense kept their opponents out of the end zone the rest of the third quarter, and just as the quarter ended, Paletti scored from two yards out. The Knights led by 12 going into the fourth and went up by 20 early in that period. Calhoun fumbled on first down and Jamie Green scored. Logan Conley caught Cogar’s pass for the conversion.
Calhoun did get on the board again late in the game on a long pass play. Their conversion was good to make the final score 36-24.
The Knights travel to Richwood for Thursday night’s game.
Knights go 1-1 in soccer for the week
The Knights’ soccer team played two games last week. They won the first but lost the second.
Monday the Knights took on Elkins Middle School in front of a home crowd and came out victorious with a 3-1 win over the Elkins Hornets. Micaiah Coffman scored two goals, and Mason Rollyson accounted for Braxton’s other goal. Maggie Skidmore was named “Player of the Match” for aggressive play in the midfield, according to Coach Jennifer Grindo.
In a Thursday road game, the Knights lost 6-1 to the Patriots of Robert L. Bland Middle School. Coffman sank the Knights’ one goal of the game from the top of the box. Coach Grindo reported that Mikayla Brown had “another amazing performance as keeper for the Knights.”
The Knights took on the Patriots again last night.
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