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The Grant County High School football team has been led by their seniors all season, whether it was in the weight room, in practice or during games.
With their final game of the season, the Braves honored them at halftime of their game against West Jessamine.
Unfortunately, the Braves weren’t able to send the seniors off with a win, falling 36-8 on Oct. 30.
“We wanted to send our seniors out the best way we could,” coach Mike Davis said. “Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to, but these guys played their hearts out. Their record doesn’t show how talented they are. The nine seniors who stuck it out busted their tails and gave everything they have.”
“We could have done better, but it was depressing for the seniors after the game because we’ll miss playing together since we’ve been together since middle school,” senior Tyler Benson said. “I wish we could have ended our season without a loss, but us seniors had fun playing together.”
The Braves held the Colts scoreless through the first quarter, but were unable to score any points themselves. Two plays into the second quarter, West Jessamine’s offense attacked, scoring on a 75-yard pitch to go ahead 7-0.
A Grant County fumble gave the Colts a short field to work with on their next possession and they took advantage, scoring two plays later with a 37-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
The Braves were unable to muster any offense as they turned the ball over again on their first play when they fumbled the ball. West Jessamine went to work, moving the ball down the field with their running game before scoring a nine-yard touchdown to take a 21-0 lead into halftime.
The Colts added two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the second half before senior Tyler Sheffield stepped up for the Braves. Sheffield blocked a punt late in the fourth quarter to give the Braves’ their best starting field position of the game.
Freshman Nathan Davis moved the offense down the field, connecting with senior Nick Foster for the Braves’ lone score of the game and the first passing touchdown in Davis’ career. Davis found Benson for a two-point conversion, the final points of the game.
“You can learn a lot from a loss,” Davis said. “They’re still great players and we’re still a good football team. We know these players worked their tails off. These seniors’ legacy will be their leadership. They tried to teach the younger players to be the best that they could be. They will be leaders of tomorrow.”
Although the Braves will lose their nine seniors next season, they can look forward to the future as freshmen, sophomores and juniors saw extensive playing time this season.
“We had a lot of young players get a lot of time this year,” Davis said. “They were eager to play and it’s not about just participating. It’s about competing. They will have to be dedicated to this team year-round. Everyone we’ll play next year will be working in the weight room during the winter. They’ll be in passing in June and working in the hot sun in July. We have to have players that want to do it.”