Monday, September 5, 2016

Wade Rush Carries Tigers Past Braymer in 3rd Quarter

Worth County turned back a comeback bid by Braymer in the opening stages of the third quarter as Wade Rush put Chris Healy’s team on his back. Worth County was up 34-6 at halftime, but Braymer had just scored and seemed to be finding its footing after a first quarter blitz by Worth County. But the Tigers started off in good field position at the Braymer 38 and Wade Rush started off with an 8 yard carry to the 30 and then dragged a host of defenders 10 yards down the field down to the 18. Another 9 yard carry by Rush, an offsides penalty on Braymer, and then another four yard run by Wade, who carved out yardage out of nowhere, put Worth County back up 40-6.

From there, Worth County cruised on to an 84-6 win, its second straight game of scoring over 80 points after stumbling in its opener. Braymer went three and out on its next possession and Ryan McClellan’s runback set up Isaac Alarcon’s 40 yard scamper off a cutback as Mason Hawk and Drake Kinsella provided the blocking, shaking up one of the Bobcat players in the process. Mason Hawk’s play action pass from Cade Allee made it 48-6 with 8:38 left.

Braymer tried to go for it deep in their own territory for some reason, but Caleb Parman broke up a fourth down pass and Worth County started off at the Bobcat 28. This time, Worth County went to Jayden Mancuso, who carried the ball three times and finished the drive off with a 16 yard sweep with 5:58 left. Jacob New threw a pass to Caleb Parman to make it 56-6.

For some reason, Braymer elected to play on despite the 45 point rule and running clock, and Worth County kept right on scoring even with their JV in the game. They tried a halfback pass on fourth down, but the play, which kept Worth County off balance in the second quarter, fooled nobody and Jayden Mancuso picked it off and returned it to the Bobcat 14. That set up Jacob New’s 22 yard pass to Caleb Parman on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 62-6.

The JV defense stopped Braymer short of the first down on a tackle by Lucky Gladstone, and Jacob Wimer got the carries on the next series. Finally, he got loose and shot through a hole from 26 yards out and this time, it was not called back as he scored with 6:16 left to make it 68-6.

On its first play from scrimmage, Braymer fumbled the ball and Brayden Welch recovered at the Bobcat 23. This time, Jordan Huntsman carried the load for the Tigers, getting one 13-yarder off Welch’s huge drive block. Finally, he got into the end zone with 3:50 left and Jacob New bounced outside untouched to make it 76-6.

Braymer fumbled for the second time in its last two plays and this time, Lucky Gladstone recovered for the Tigers at the Bobcat 32. This time, Johnny Mancuso ripped off gains of 15 and 14 to get into the end zone with 40.7 seconds left and added the extra point run to make it 84-6. The Tigers may have found a new runningback in Jayden’s little brother.

Worth County kicked off to open the game and Braymer moved the ball into Tiger territory. The left side of the line was open for the Bobcats and they converted a fourth and two at their own 27 and got to the Tiger 37. Charlie Henderson ripped off a 16 yard gain on the series. But then Worth County stiffened and Isaac Alarcon forced a quarterback hurry on third down and Mason Hawk got the first of his three sacks in the period to give the Tigers the ball back on downs at the Bobcat 34.

Worth County had Cade Allee (hamstring) back this time, and he and Ryan McClellan shared quarterbacking duties for the night. On their second play from scrimmage, Ryan McClellan fooled everyone with a keeper that went for 20 yards as he got a block from Colton Wilmes to the Bobcat 13. On the next play, Wade Rush broke a host of tackles and dove into the end zone for Worth County’s first score. Ryan McClellan spun past a defender into the end zone for the extra points to make it 8-0.

Braymer got buried on the kickoff on its own 6 as Charlie Henderson had trouble corralling the kick and that set up a safety as Mason Hawk got his second sack of the quarter, shooting through unblocked to bury Keaton O’Dell with 7:25 left to make it 10-0.

Worth County had a short field to work with and overcame a false start penalty as Isaac Alarcon carried the ball three times for 18 yards down to the Bobcat 19. Finally, Ryan McClellan slipped around the right end; Derrick McElwee got a hand on him but he slipped the tackle and got it. Isaac Alarcon got in for the extra points behind the blocking of Drake Kinsella and Wade Rush to make it 18-0.

Worth County forced a three and out aided by a false start and set up on their own 29. This time, on their second play from scrimmage, they ran an option with Cade Allee. He has a strong arm, but he showed that he can run as well as he outran everyone around the right end for a 45 yard scamper with 2:58 left. Isaac Alarcon’s cutback run tacked on the extra points and made it 26-0.

Mason Hawk got his third sack in the quarter and Wade Rush followed with another one to force Braymer to punt from their own 7 and give Worth County another short field on the 40. This time, a play action pass from Cade Allee to Caleb Parman fooled everyone and he scored from 40 yards out with 46.3 seconds left in the frame. Isaac Alarcon took a counter and brushed off Keaton O’Dell like he wasn’t there to get in for the extra points. From there, other than halfback passes, Braymer was done with attempting to throw the ball.

But early in the second quarter, Braymer used a fake punt to change the momentum of the game. Worth County stopped Keaton O’Dell one yard short of the first down, but was flagged for a costly helmet to helmet hit that swung the momentum in Braymer’s favor for the rest of the half. From there, Braymer used the running of Robbie Shoe, a stout kid who will do a lot of damage over the next two years, as well as a big line, to keep Worth County from ending the game at halftime. Worth County managed a goalline stand on Braymer’s next series, stopping them at the 2 after a fumbled snap. Isaac Alarcon nearly broke one but was tackled from behind at the 37. From there, Worth County was stopped for the one time of the night as a pair of bad snaps forced them to punt.

Braymer kept it on the ground at first, converting a fourth and one and then using a pair of halfback passes to get to the four with time running out. Three cracks later, they were in as time expired in the first half.

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