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By Philip Frommeyer
The Grant County Braves football team posted back-to-back wins with a 21-6 victory over the Waggener Wildcats on Sept. 7.
First-year head coach Kevin Siple said the wins are a “step in the right direction.”
Shelby Caudill was the star player against Waggener as he ran in two of three touchdowns.
Caudill was humble about his stats.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do everything I did with out the team behind me and everyone doing their jobs like they did,” he said.
Caudill got the game off to a thrilling start as he ran in both touchdowns in the first and second quarters.
The Braves’ defense showed their strength by keeping the Wildcats scoreless until the third quarter. Despite their lone touchdown, the Wildcats were stopped again by the defense from making the extra point.
The third Braves’ touchdown was scored by Blake Dills when he was tossed the football by Caudill.
Ryan Siple, the Braves’ wide receiver coach, said his players have begun to find their tempo.
“Shelby is starting to look real comfortable in the pocket. He knows who his receivers are,” Ryan Siple said.
Dills was pleased with his performance.
“It’s about time I got a touchdown,” Dills said. “The line had a good night and there was great pass protection.”
Hunter Lawson also showed prowess on the field as he scored the team’s extra points.
Kevin Siple liked what he saw from his players.
“We are fighting through adversity, but these boys have a passion and it’s exciting for a coach,” Siple said. “We need to keep working and making plays. I can’t complain but I know they can continue to do better.”
The Braves will go on the road to face Greenup County on Sept. 14.