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Eagles defeat Grizzlies in hard-fought Homecoming victory

After allowing Nicholas to go up by two touchdowns in the first quarter, Braxton came back with four consecutive TDs in the second and went on to defeat the Grizzlies 28-20. The Eagles are now 4-2 on the season.
Eagles’ coach Bill Haddox, after commenting that his team “made mistakes but didn’t make enough to lose the game,” pointed out key aspects of the game. He referred to Braxton’s successful onside kicks as playing a major role in the Eagles’ win.
He also noted the work of the defense. “Tayton Stout played especially well on defense, and Aidan Watson did a good job,” he said. Stout had two interceptions in the game. Watson recovered a fumble and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
In commenting on the scoreless second half, Coach Haddox noted that the Eagles “had some opportunities [to score] but couldn’t make them work.” Here he also commented on the Nicholas team. “Nicholas has a good football team with a lot of speed. I’m proud that our defense could hold them in the second half.”
Braxton’s offensive efforts garnered 198 yards on the ground, with Seth Arnold accounting for 169. Aidan Watson led the Eagles in passing with two completions out of three throws for 48 yards. Nicholas’s offense was totally balanced with 158 yards rushing and 158 passing. Quarterback Jared Sagraves completed 11 of 20 pass attempts. Jacob O’Dell led the Grizzlies’ running game with 98 yards.
For Nicholas’ first touchdown, their quarterback scored on a 21-yard run. The Grizzlies added another six points on a 59-yard pass play. The PAT kicks were good on both.
The second quarter belonged to the Eagles until the last seconds. Midway through the second, Arnold scored on a 14-yard run and ran for the conversion. Then came Watson’s fumble recovery and return for another six points. The score remained tied after the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Then came Braxton’s first successful onside kick of the game. After recovering the kick, Braxton had the ball in Nicholas territory. The Eagles scored six plays later on Heath Cottrill’s pass to Stout. Another successful onside kick again gave Braxton the ball on Nicholas’ side of the 50. Three plays later, Cottrill went in for the touchdown and then ran for the conversion. That was the end of Braxton’s scoring, but they had a 28-14 lead late in the first half.
The Grizzlies’ final six points came on a 29 yard pass with just seconds before halftime. Going into the dressing room, the Eagles led 28-20, which proved to be the final score of the game.
Braxton will play Grafton Friday night. Discussing the upcoming game, Coach Haddox noted that Grafton went into overtime with Liberty, one of the two teams who have defeated the Eagles. Haddox called Grafton, which has a 3-3 record, “a scrappy team.”

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