The Braves fell to Perry Central Friday evening after a battle on the road.
The Commodores took the 14-6 win after a strong back-and-forth game. Perry Central solidified the lead late in the game and held on to keep it.
Both teams were scoreless throughout the first quarter, despite several turnovers including a fumble recovered by junior Ian Seim giving the Braves excellent field position.
The Braves picked up the ball only 13 yards from the end zone. The Braves fought to gain ground, but the Commodores defense rallied. The Braves were unable to break through and turned the ball back to Perry Central at the 9 yard line late in the first quarter.
The Commodores held onto possession into the second quarter and marched down the field. After five first downs and two 19 yard rush plays, the Commodores rushed into the end zone and put the first score on the board.
After several turnovers, the Braves got the ball with only 2:43 left in the first half. Tecumseh fought to even up the score but penalties pushed the team back and the Braves ultimately couldn’t get a first down. The team went to the locker room at the half down 7-0.
The Braves might have been down at the half, but came out strong in the third quarter. Perry Central had first possession after the half, but the Braves defense came out and held the Commodores. On a Commodores miscue, junior Alex Minton recovered the ball and gave the Braves back possession at the 48 yard line.
The drive started out shaky, but on a hand off, Seim broke through the Commodores defense and ran the ball 44 yards and into the end zone, making it a one point game.
Rain came into the game and the rest of the third quarter only saw turnovers. The turnovers continued into the fourth quarter. With 9:19 left in the game, the Braves took over the ball. On fourth and six, it looked like the Braves would have to punt the ball away again, but a pass to junior Max Letterman kept the Braves alive. However, offensive holding brought the Braves back and on third and 30, an interception ended the drive, giving Perry Central possession with 4:28 on the clock.
The Commodores took the opportunity and ran. On a hand off, Perry Central’s Austin Wilkerson broke through the Braves defense sent the Commodores into the end zone bringing the score to 14-6.
The Braves had 3:15 to try to even the score. The drive started with a hand off to Seim for a pick up of five yards, followed by a pass to senior Sam Taylor for a pickup of 19. The Braves had the potential to bring the score in their favor, but two plays later, an interception ended the drive with only 1:37 left on the clock. The Commodores ran down the clock and ended the game, leaving the final score 41-6.
The Braves are now 3-2 for the season and will be back on the field Friday at 7:30 p.m. against West Washington (5-0).