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Braves’ playoff hopes end with loss to J-Town

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By Ryan Naus

The Grant County High School football team entered their game against district opponent Jeffersontown knowing that a win would earn them the chance to play in the postseason.

They also knew it was their last chance to make it happen.

The Braves played well in the first half, but were unable to keep the game close in the second half as they lost 28-0 on Oct. 23.

“We played one good half and couldn’t finish the deal in the second half,” coach Mike Davis said. “Jeffersontown made some plays, but our defense played pretty well. We just couldn’t score and had entirely too many penalties and mistakes that killed our chances. It made for a long night.”

“It was disappointing because it meant the postseason for us,” senior Nick Foster said. “I hope the younger players can learn from it. We didn’t play up to par.”

The Chargers took control of the game early, scoring their first touchdown in the first quarter when they were given a short field after a Grant County punt was shanked out of bounds. After a couple of plays, the Jeffersontown running back took the ball wide left to the end zone to make it 7-0.

The Braves were able to hold Jeffersontown scoreless for the rest of the half, but were unable to score any points of their own and trailed 7-0 at the half.

Looking to gain some momentum coming out of halftime, the Braves gave up a quick touchdown on the opening kickoff to fall behind 14-0.

“Fourteen points is not the end of the world, but we didn’t move the ball in the second half as well as we did in the first half,” Davis said. “They put a lot of pressure on us and it’s tough to make up huge chunks of yardage when you don’t have time.”

After a Grant County fumbled snap, the Chargers again had a short field to work with and took advantage, scoring their third touchdown of the game for a 21-0 lead.

Trailing by three touchdowns, the Braves tried to catch up by throwing the ball, but freshman quarterback Nathan Davis was blindsided while looking downfield and the ball came loose. The Chargers scooped the ball up and scored for the final touchdown of the game and a 28-0 lead.

“They played with a short field because of our mistakes,” Davis said. “The score doesn’t reflect how good our defense played. We knew we had to win some games in the district to make the postseason. But inconsistency has been our problem this year. I hate it for our seniors, but we still have one week left and we’re preparing to send these seniors out with a win. But nobody is going to give us anything and we’ll have to put four quarters together.”

“We didn’t execute like we should have on offense with too many penalties,” senior Tyler Benson said. “All of us seniors want to win our last game. That’s what we’re working for now.”

The Braves finish their season against West Jessamine at home at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The Braves will honor their seniors before the game.