The East Bernard Brahmas had a clutch 35-yard field goal from Ruiz Christian Friday night to give them a come-from-behind victory against the Hitchcock Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium. The win prevented the Brahmas from playing in overtime, and improving their record to 1-1 on the season.
After trailing 29-13 with 9:05 left in the game, the Brahmas scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, culminating in Christian’s gridiron heroics.
The fourth quarter comeback started when Joshua Montalvo scored a 15-yard run with 6:24 left in the game. Braydon Lemos’ two-point pass conversion from quarterback Dallas Novicke closed the lead to 29-21.
Montalvo then scored again on a 24-yard run with 2:31 left. Novicke this time passed to Mason Christ for a two-point conversion play and a 29-29 tie.
Hitchcock won in several statistical categories, including total offensive yards, but East Bernard didn’t give up when it was losing.
The offensive production eventually led to the Brahmas earning 273 yards. The Brahmas set up 37 rushing plays to five pass plays. Novicke was sacked three times, and was 3-of-5 on pass completions for 64 yards. However, his clutch two-point pass plays made a big difference on the scoreboard.
On the ground, Lemos led East Bernard in rushing with 120 yards on 11 carries.
East Bernard plays at home once again next Friday against Boling, which earned its first victory of the season.
Both teams will be 1-1 when they play their non-district game next Friday.
Roland Orsak provided statistical information for this story.