Brownstown faced plenty of adversity during its game against Silver Creek last Friday.
The Braves had the ball inside the 10-yard line to go up 14-0, had some missed assignments and couldn’t capitalize, and the red zone trip resulted in zero points.
Head coach Reed May thought that might’ve hurt his team, but Brownstown was able to regain momentum at the end of the half with a big play from Kiernan Tiemeyer and a big pass play to Brandon Reynolds to put the Braves up 14-0 at the break.
In the second half, Silver Creek made adjustments and marched down the field with ease to score its first points of the day.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle, but Brownstown prevailed 28-27.
“Just the ebb and flow of the second half and the way our kids were able to handle that and come out on top was something they did really well at,” May said.
The win clinched Brownstown at least a share of the Mid-Southern Athletic Conference title, and it also improved the Braves to 8-0 on the season.
May wanted to shoutout all his players, as well as all his assistant coaches — Shane Fallis, Jeff Settle, Barry Hall, Cam Cockerham, Drew Shoemaker and Colton Patriquin — for all the amazing work they’ve done so far this season.
But the Braves aren’t done. Their goal wasn’t to get to 8-0 and be done with the season. The team feels like it still has more left to accomplish.
First and foremost, finishing the regular-season 9-0 this Friday as the team travels to Scottsburg for a game at 7 p.m.
Scottsburg is 6-2 this season with losses to Silver Creek and Charlestown.
“They’re a spread you out, no backs, throw it all over the field type team,” May said. “They’re doing a typical college offense, and it’s something we have seen off and on this season. And on defense, they like to blitz a lot.”
Last season, the Braves were able to defeat the Warriors 42-14.
But May noted that Scottsburg is having a really solid season this fall.
Brownstown is on fall break right now, but May likes to keep the practice schedule about the same as a normal week as if they were in school. The only different week of practice will be Thursday. The Braves will practice in the morning that day so May and players on the team can make it out to the Brownstown volleyball sectional match at Owen Valley later that night against West Vigo.
Friday’s matchup at Scottsburg will also be Brownstown’s opening sectional game next Friday at home. May said he was happy with the draw, especially with the fact that Lawrenceburg is on the other side of the bracket.
According to John Harrell, he gives Brownstown a 35.28% chance to win the sectional and Lawrenceburg a 35.06% chance to win.
But first the Braves would like to get past Scottsburg these next two weeks, starting with the road game this Friday. With 16 seniors on the roster, May is confidence his team won’t be getting distracted by all the outside noise of potentially going undefeated and winning the conference outright.
“I’m very proud of the seniors,” May said. “They have came through and played really well this year. They’ve risen to the expectations. I don’t think if you would’ve asked me in July, would we be undefeated right now? There’s no way. To get better every week, I’m very proud of them.”