Football, Game Article | October 30, 2016

Bracken Can’t Break Wall in Fall to Heritage, 64-36


Warriors getting ready for snap

Bracken Warriors getting ready for snap.                                         (photo by Ana McCrum)


Bracken Christian hit a brick wall in the second half as Fredericksburg Heritage scored 40 unanswered points in an important district win, 64-36.

Patriot Propane is All In for Bracken Christian

Patriot Propane is All In for Bracken Christian

“We are going to make some adjustments on defense,” Head Coach Hosea Stredic started. “There is no aggressiveness in our defense and we have regressed in the last two weeks and next week we will need to go back to the basics.”

The first half had indications that this game might go down to the wire but the Eagles had second thoughts as Heritage had scores by interceptions, kick-offs, pass and run. The whole package was unveiled in this contest.

The game’s first score was after the Warriors came up short on their 4th down try on the Eagle’s 16 yard line.

Bracken Christian in game with Heritage

Warriors  in game with Heritage

Heritage scored on their first drive covering 63 yards in 5 plays when Dillon Roberts ran it in from 6 yards out.

Bracken responded when QB Brady Beene found a player not known by many offensive plays, as Cade Middleton was the recipient of a 7 yard pass play. The Paul Nakalanga bonus kick would tie up the score at 8 all.

A bid stop on Fredericksburg’s next drive as the bend but not break Warrior defense held at the 4 yard line.

This drive started in the 1st quarter and ended with a little over 8 minutes in the 2nd quarter.

Bracken would drive 76 yards as a Beene to Cristian DeLeon pass play for 37 yards would set up a Hunter Mitchell 7 yard burst up the middle for a BCS lead, 16-8.

Beene would be johnny on the spot on FHE’s next drive with an interception that allowed another Warrior chance for a score.

BCS penetrated to the Eagles’ 20 yard line when the Warriors would call on Nakalanga for a 38 yard field goal try. This attempt would be the longest in Bracken’s history but a delay penalty would make this record try 5 yards longer.

Go Warriors

         Go Warriors

The boom from Nakalanga’s foot was evident that this field goal would have been good from 50 yards as the 43 yarder will now set a lofty goal for future Warriors as the score was increased by 4 points, 20-8.

An on-side kick that went awry allowed a return for a touchdown for 44 yards and Fredericksburg closed the gap, 20-16.

There were 4 scores during the final 2 minutes of the second quarter as those 2 total scores in the first half would be an anomaly.

Bracken stretched their lead back to 12 points when Lucas McCrum found DeLeon in the end zone from 21 yards out. The catch was vintage DeLeon as he continues to climb the receiving marks as a force for the Warriors.

Heritage would take all but 4 seconds on their final drive before the half with a score to draw the game back to within striking range with an halftime score of BCS-28 and Heritage 24.

That is when the curtains fell down on the production as the Eagles would open the second half with a one play 69 yard pass and run and a Heritage lead since their first score to start

Go Warriors!!

Steve Crisp says Go Warriors!!

the game.

Bracken found it hard to generate any offense and with Heritage scoring on each of their drives in the second half gave the visitors enough scoring to take a commanding lead and game.

BCS was able to have several players able to generate offense by the run and pass as the Warrior attack was searching for ways to move the ball in that second half.

                                     Combo Yardage
                        Run            Receiving            Total
 Hunter Mitchell        64                26                 90
 Cristian DeLeon        12                69                 81
 Lucas McCrum           59                19                 78
 Brady Beene            45                 2                 47 
 Total                 180               116                296

“We are going to watch film and look at the ugly and fix the ugly,” Senior QB Beene said. “There are a lot to clean-up and we just need to take pride into our next game.”

This loss put Bracken with a must win this next Friday as the game with Victoria Faith will have the victor with that last playoff spot.

BCS does have weapons and will not have a lot of time to get over the 2 game slump. Hopefully they can design a way to go over that brick wall instead of hitting it.

Go Warriors!!

                            1   2   3   4   Final
 Fredericksburg Heritage    8  16  20  20   64
 Bracken Christian          8  20   0   8   36
 Scoring Summary:
 FHE-Dillon Roberts 6 yard run (Jacob Huzer kick), 4:39, 1st
 BCS-Cade Middleton 7 yard pass from Brady Beene (Paul Nakalanga kick), 1:45, 1st
 BCS-Hunter Mitchell 7 yard run (Paul Nakalanga kick), 4:21, 2nd
 BCS-Paul Nakanga 43 yard field goal, 1:56, 2nd
 FHE-Lane Sautell 44 yard kick off return, (Jacob Huzer kick), 1:50, 2nd
 BCS-Cristian DeLeon 21 yard pass from Lucas McCrum, (Paul Nakalanga kick), 1:07, 2nd
 FHE-Jonathan Herman 30 yard reception (Jacob Huzer kick), 0:04, 2nd
 FHE-Cruz Stevens 69 yard reception (kick blocked), 9:41, 3rd
 FHE-13 yard pass (Jacob Huzer kick), 4:55, 3rd
 FHE-Jacob Huzer 22 yard interception return (kick blocked), 4:30, 3rd
 FHE-Dillon Roberts 69 yard run (Jacob Huzer kick), 8:39, 4th
 FHE-Dillon Robers 10 yard run (pat failed), 5:45, 4th
 FHE-Jacob Huzer 33 yard run (pat failed), 1:59, 4th
 BCS-Hunter Mitchell 8 yard pass from Lucas McCrum (Paul Nakalanga kick), 1:06, 4th

 Game Stats           Eagles       Warriors
 Total Yards          476          391
 First Downs          13           15
 Rush/Yards           17/276       34/177
 Comp/Att/Int         10/13/1      17/27/1
 Passing Yards        200          214
 Punts/Average        0/0          0/0
 Fumbles/Lost         1/0          1/0
 Penalties-Yards      4-30         5-35

 Passing              Comp  Att   Pct   Yds   Int  TD
 Brady Beene          11    18   .611   131   0    1
 Lucas McCrum          6     9   .667    83   1    2

 Rushing              Att   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
 Hunter Mitchell      14    64    4.8    8   1
 Lucas McCrum         10    59    5.9   10   0
 Brady Beene           9    45    5.5   10   0
 Cristian DeLeon       1    12   12.0   12   0

 Receiving             No   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
 Cristian DeLeon       3    68   23.0   37   1
 Reese Smith           1    47   47.0   47   0
 Slater Corey          4    41   10.3   20   0
 Hunter Mitchell       3    26    8.6   12   1
 Lucas McCrum          2    19    9.5   14   0
 Seth Smith            2     8    4.0    9   0
 Cade Middleton        1     7    7.0    7   1
 Brady Beene           1     2    2.0    2   0