It was intense! It was nail biting at times! But in the end, the Montezuma Braves edged out a tough, gritty WACO Warriors football team, 62-57, to take the win on Friday night Sept. 20 at Badger-Gabriel Football Field.
“That was a battle,” said Pat O’Brien, Braves head football coach, following the game. “I was proud of how well the guys fought through adversity of turnovers and poor filed positions.”
Eddie Burgess was a machine, making big plays on both sides of the ball. He went 16-25 for 280-yards and four touchdowns in the passing department. Burgess carried the ball 24 times for 184-yards and two scores. His longest rushing touchdown went for 63-yards. He led all defenders with 9 tackles and 3 assists. He also had 1 interception that went 51-yards for a score.
Trey Shearer, who scored five times, finished the game with 6 receptions for 124-yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. He scored twice on the ground, going 33-yards on 3 rushing attempts. His longest was a 17-yard score.
Brayden Arendt finished with 7 rushes for 119-yards and 1 touchdown. His longest was a 66-yard touchdown pass.
Cole Watts finished the game with 2 receptions for 28-yards. Ben Jorgenson had one reception.
Owen Cook went 4-6 in the PAT department. He had 10 kick offs for 391-yards.
Shearer finished the game with 8 solo tackles and 2 assists. Kodie Strong finished with 8 solo tackles and 9 assists. Watts had 7 solo tackles and 3 assists while Brian Diaz finished with 5 solo tackles and 6 assists. Jorgenson had 4 solo tackles and 8 assists while Arendt finished with 2 solo tackles and 3 assists.
Arendts and Shearer joined Burgess with 1 interception each.
The Braves travel to Lone Tree to take on the 1-3 Lions in a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 27.