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The rain fell all week and soaked into the Grant County High School football field.
When the Braves faced Anderson County on Sept. 25, the field had turned into a mud pit.
The teams slid all over the field and the Braves fell 41-0 in their first district game.
“Anderson County is a good football team and I thought early on, we played with a deer in the headlights look,” coach Mike Davis said. “We came out, not flat, but like we didn’t believe. We fell behind and then started to play Grant County football.”
“We could have done better after the first half,” senior Tyler Benson said. “We need to learn to prepare better during the week of practice. We’ve had some tough losses, but we don’t like the feeling of it. We’ve got to learn from this and work on our tackling.”
Anderson County took a 14-0 lead in the first half, but Grant County moved the ball down the field at the end of the half. Senior Randy Salyers ran for a first down on fourth down to keep the drive alive and then freshman Nathan Davis connected with sophomore Aaron Ware for a first down to move the Braves inside Anderson County’s 20-yard line.
Grant County was unable to put points on the scoreboard as they fumbled the ball, allowing Anderson County to take a knee to end the half.
“It would have been a huge drive,” coach Davis said. “We wanted to score and we knew that we had Preston Cahill (the team’s kicker) and we could have gotten some points on the board. It would have been a lift going into the half, but we made a mistake in our pass protection and didn’t do what we were supposed to do up front. Mistakes and turnovers will kill you in a game.”
The Bearcats scored on their first drive of the second half and were able to add onto their lead after returning a blocked punt for a touchdown to make it 28-0. Anderson County scored on their next two drives for the final score of 41-0.
The Braves started Nathan Davis at quarterback, his first start as a varsity quarterback. With Davis at quarterback, it allows Salyers to move back to running back, the position he played last season.
“Randy responded well and was positive all week in practice,” coach Davis said. “He said he was glad to be home and back in the backfield. Randy’s a great runner and I think in the upcoming weeks, he’ll be even better.”
The Braves play Bourbon County at home on Oct. 2 in the team’s homecoming game.
“They’re going to line up and try to run the ball down our throats,” Davis said. “They’re a well-rounded team. We’re going to have to come out and prove something. Our players have to understand that they have to step up because homecoming isn’t much without a win. We have to have pride and realize this is our place and we have to protect it a little better.”