The Bruin football team had to battle a complete 48 minutes to earn a hard fought battle over a much improved Southern Wells squad.
The Bruins took the opening kick and marched down the field to take the early lead over the hosts on their early season Homecoming. Junior signal caller Caleb Mealy threw, though not a picturesque throw, a good enough one to hit a wide-open Joseph Payne for a 35 yard TD pass to end the drive. Mealy had completed another pass to Dalton Willmann for a nice gain during the same drive. Bode Molett continued his streak of perfection on the point after to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead.
The Bruin D came up big on the first Raider drive, stopping them on fourth and one near midfield. The defense came up big when they had to, and their effort was recognized by Coach Randy Sehy afterward the game, “The guys played defensively all night.”
The Bruins proceeded to march to the Raider 20, but were stopped on fourth down and five with 3:30 to go in the first quarter. The Bruins D held again and the Bruins mounted a short drive to midfield that was again stuffed on fourth and two at their own 44 early in the second period. The Raiders responded with a touchdown drive to cut the lead to one. Credit the Raider offense as they broke a big run on 3rd and 9 to extend that drive. The PAT was missed and the Bruins lead 7-6 with just under nine minutes to go in the half.
The Bruins took their next drive to the Raider 13, but Caleb Mealy’s pass was intercepted at the 1-yard line. Southern Wells took over and mounted a 93 yard drive to the Bruin 6 before misfiring on fourth down in the waning seconds of the first half. The Bruins went into the half leading 7-6 for the second straight week.
The Raiders wasted no time taking the lead. A 64 yard TD pass pass from Mason Huffman to Will Pennington on third and nine. A two point conversion put the Raider up 14-7 with 10:21 to go in the third. Huffman later went down with an apparent knee injury and never returned to the game which slowed the Raider offense a bit the rest of the night.
The Bruins refused to hang their heads and responded with a nice drive. Jacob Deavers scored on an eight yard run to cut the lead to one. After a Southern Wells penalty on the PAT, the Bruins chose to go for two but came up short leaving the Raiders up 14-13 with 5:38 to go in the third.
Now refocused, the Bruin defense came up big when Shane Elam picked off Huffman pass and returned it to the Raider 30. Isaac Justice finished the short drive with a one yard run. The Bruins opted for the conversion and Mealy hit Justice with a nice pass to put the Bruins up 21-14 with 1:27 to go in the third.
Huffman went down on a scramble to his left on the first play of the next Raider drive and the defense forced a punt two plays later. After trading series, the Bruins built their lead when Shane Elam scored on a three yard touchdown run on fourth down with 6:39 to go in the game. Malott added the kick and the Bruins lead 28-14.
The Raider mounted a decent drive but the Bruin D again made a big stop on fourth down to all but insure the win. The Bruins focused on clock management and Jacob Deavers broke away for a long run to the Raider five to ice the game. Mealy took a knee twice and the Bruins improved to 1-1 on the season. Coach Sehy added about his defense and team, “They held and let our offense fix the early issues plaguing that side of the ball. I’m proud of the effort we played with tonight.”
The Bruins outgained the Raiders 347-250. All but 80 yards came on the ground. Mealy completed four of seven passes for 80 yards including the touchdown and lone interception. Payne caught the 35 yard TD pass. Dalton Willmann caught two passses for 28 yards. Austen Lancaster caught one pass for 17 yards.
Deavers led the ground attack gaining 107 yards on 19 carries. Lancaster rushed for 61 yards on nine carries. Isaac Justice carried 12 times for 35 yards. Elam carried five times for 26 yards. Mealy carried three times for 21 yards and Melvin Hernandez carried six times for 17 yards.
Isaac Justice led the defense with six tackles and two assists. Joseph Payne recorded four solos and three assists. Terrence Wilson played well in getting three solos and three assists. Also having good games defensively were Melvn Hernandez (three solos, two assists), Jacob Deavers (one solo and five assists) and Shane Elam (interception, two solos and two assists).
The Bruins return home to open the conference season with Oak Hill. It will be Youth Cheer Night so plenty of reason to come out to BHS to cheer on the Bruins.