Polar Bears march over Generals

POLAR BEARS 28, GENERALS 16

JARED MACDONALD
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BROOKSVILLE – Earlier in the week, the Bracken County football team announced a “Touchdowns Against Cancer” fundraiser, where fans can donate money that’ll go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every touchdown scored by the team in the month of September.

And it looked like the Polar Bears wanted to raise some money for a good cause on Friday.

Bracken County put together their best offensive performance of the season to beat Jackson County, 28-16, and move to 3-1 on the year.

“It was one of the things we wanted to work on in our bye week. We set our goal at 35 – we wanted to score 35 every game the rest of the way. That was a big thing when you’ve only scored 24 in your first three games combined,” said Bracken County coach Dave Brausch. “We came out here today and scored more than what we had in the other three games combined, so I’m proud of our effort. We’re definitely moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to keep doing that.”

It looked like a shootout was going to ensue early in the first quarter as Jackson County marched down the field on the game’s opening possession 69 yards to score on a 20-yard run from Isiah Baker, giving the Generals an 8-0 lead.

Bracken County answered when Tad Fisher took the ball 44 yards to the end zone on his third carry of the game to get the Polar Bears within two points.

“I think we came out and we went no huddle. I think that just kind of got our attention and got us focused a little bit more where we had to concentrate a little bit more, so I think that helped our offense, along with our improved blocking,” said Brausch. “That definitely was a key, was to come back and answer that score so you didn’t get in a situation where you’re down two scores and the next thing you know you’ve got a snowball effect rolling on you.”

The “Bear Down Defense” settled in after allowing the score on the opening possession and closed the door on the Generals’ offense for the remainder of the half.

They forced the Generals to punt on their second possession and Emery Woods grabbed the ball at his team’s own 24-yard line and took it into Jackson County territory. The Polar Bears got their offense going from the 25 after a personal foul on Jackson County.

“I caught the ball and I saw all these people coming at me. So I caught it and just stayed there and waited for some of them to go past me, then just booted it around,” said Woods. “I saw an open space so I just ran.”

From there it was Fisher, running 20 yards and then into the end zone on the next play for the 5-yard score, his second touchdown of the game for the 14-8 lead after he ran in the two-point conversion.

Bracken County was in position to score at the end of the first half, but Trey Brausch fumbled the ball inside the 10-yard line with under 20 seconds to go until the break. The Polar Bears answered out of the locker room, receiving the ball and using an 11-play drive over roughly five minutes to take a 20-8 lead. Fisher ran the ball in from a yard out for his third touchdown.

“The O-line tonight just manhandled them,” said Fisher. “They came to play tonight and they were focused before the game. I saw them focused before the game and I knew this was going to be a good night on offense.”

A bad snap on Jackson County’s first play of the second half was grabbed by Fisher, setting the Polar Bears up at the Generals’ 30. They’d score four plays later on a 5-yard keeper from quarterback Trey Brausch, making it 28-8 after Fisher, who finished with 210 yards on 34 carries, ran in the two-point conversion.

“We talked about that at half time. I said, ‘If you want to put them away, you have to score, go three-and-out, and score again’” said Dave Brausch.

The Generals struck for the first time since the 9:37 mark in the first quarter in the ensuing possession. On third-and-long, Baker took the ball 65 yards to the end zone to make it 28-16 with 3:10 to go in the third quarter.

Bracken County used their run-heavy offense to eat clock, closing out the third quarter and the first four minutes of the fourth before being forced to punt.

Jackson County was determined to get the ball moving to chip away at the Polar Bears’ lead, using an 11-yard run from Shawn Browning and a 7-yard run from Baker to get to the Bracken County 39-yard line, where Dylan Martin was able to take the ball 39 yards to the end zone. The play was called back for an illegal block, however, and the Generals were unable to keep moving from there. On fourth-and-18, a deep pass from Baker was broken up by Woods.

“They kept telling me not to catch it and to bat it down because it was fourth down,” said Woods. “I come up – I could have caught it – but I caught it and threw it down because I remembered it was fourth down.”

The Polar Bears got the ball back, but were forced to punt, allowing Jackson County another chance to score with time winding down, but a fourth down pass from Baker was swatted at the line by Tyler Rice, giving the Polar Bears the ball back to take a knee and finish off their third win of the season.

Bracken County moves to 3-1 with the win and will travel to Dayton for a 7:30 p.m. game next week.

Jackson County falls to 1-4 with the loss. The Generals are scheduled to host Casey County next week in a 7:30 p.m. game.

POLAR BEARS 28, GENERALS 16

JACKSON COUNTY—8-0-8-0—16

BRACKEN COUNTY—14-0-14-0—28

Scoring:

1st Quarter

(JC) Baker 20-yard run (Two-point conversion) 9:37

(BC) Fisher 44-yard run (Two-point conversion failed) 8:20

(BC) Fisher 5-yard run (Two-point conversion) 3:04

2nd Quarter

No scoring

3rd Quarter

(BC) Fisher 1-yard run (Two-point conversion failed) 7:02

(BC) Brausch 5-yard run (Two-point conversion) 5:19

(JC) Baker 65-yard run (Two-point conversion) 3:10

4th Quarter

No Scoring

Records: Jackson County 1-4, Bracken County 3-1

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Bracken County’s Tad Fisher runs the ball for one of his two first quarter touchdowns against Jackson County, Friday, in Brooksville.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_091518-spt-bracken.jpgBracken County’s Tad Fisher runs the ball for one of his two first quarter touchdowns against Jackson County, Friday, in Brooksville. Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent