November 6, 2009

Braves move into 9-man semis

Braves move into 9-man semis

Parshall’s Braves advanced to the 9-man football semifinals with a 14-13 win over the Wells County Bears Saturday afternoon.
This is the second game between the two teams, the Braves losing in the regular season at home, but avenging their devastating loss in the post season.
The first half didn’t feature a lot of movement of the football with both teams expressing their defense skills, forcing several turnovers on both sides. The Bears scored the first touchdown of the afternoon, followed by a successful extra point that brought the score to 7-0.
When the game broke for halftime and his team down by a touchdown, Parshall Head Coach Grueneich used the time to come up with a new strategy.
After Parshall received the ball at the beginning of the second half, the new strategy proved successful when three plays took them to the 5-yard line. Cole Hendrickson easily ran it into the end zone for the Brave’s first touchdown. Hendrickson ran another tight play for the two-point conversion and Parshall took the lead with a score of 8-7.
The rest of the third quarter was filled with more turnovers, both teams stuck in a stalemate as they chased each other up and down the field.
At the beginning of the fourth, The Bears had the ball. Reconfiguring their offensive line, they forced four big plays that brought them to the Parshall 3-yard line.
Wells County called a timeout to come up with a plan to get in the end zone. On the first play following the timeout, the Bears earned themselves a yellow flag for holding. The referees called a 10-yard penalty against Wells County backing them up to the 13-yard line. A strong rushing play by Parshall earned them a sack, pushing Wells County back another five yards.

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