While the Ball State Cardinals traveled to Happy Valley to play the Nittany Lions, the Bruins and the Tigers of Alexandria used their field to play another exciting game. The Bruins weren’t quite as fortunate though, as the Tigers threw a 4th down 17 yard pass for a touchdown with 58 seconds remaining to beat the Bruins 31-28.
The Bruins fell behind 6-0 before Bryan Hernandez broke loose for an 87 yard touchdown run to put the Bruins up 7-6 after Grant Ridgway’s PAT. Scott Winger scored in the second quarter to put the Bruins up 14-6. The Tigers would score late in the half to make it 14-12 heading to the break.
Alexandria quarterback Chance Martin threw two of his four TD passes in the third to put the Tigers up 24-14 heading the fourth. But Scott Winger scored on runs of 43 and 9 yards to give the Bruins the lead midway through the fourth 28-24. Freshman Grant Ridgway, though not by much, it was enough, to be perfect on his four PAT attempts.
With 4:11 to play, the Bruins opted to go for it on fourth and one at their own 30. After a long snap count to try to draw Alex offsides, the Bruins got little surge and Scott Winger was stopped for no gain to give the Tigers great field position. Coach Sehy shared with his team after the game that we would do it again as he had the confidence that his line could get it done. They just didn’t get the push they needed on the play.
After a long run to the 10 yard line, the Bruins forced the Tigers into a fourth and goal from the 17 with just over a minute to play in the game. But Martin found Carson Cuneo behind his defender in the left corner of the end zone for a TD with 58 seconds to play to put the Tigers up for good.
Despite the loss, the Bruins showed much improvement since the loss at Frankton. Coach Sehy said, “The Bruins continue to improve and are getting better every game. I’m very proud of the team effort and the fight they showed against Alexandria.”
The Bruins were outgained by a single yard, 36-315 on just one less offensive play. 160 of the Tigers yard came via the air. The Bruins did not complete a pass in two attempts. Both teams had an interception.
Scott Winger had a big day in rushing 23 times for 176 yards and 3 TDs. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
Scott Winger: 23 carries, 176 yards, 3 TD
Bryan Hernandez: 8 carries, 95 yards, 1 TD
Evan Dobbs: 10 carries, 25 yards
Braxton Malott: 2 carries, 11 yards, 0-2-1 passing
Scott Winger: 9 tackles (7 solo, 4 asst)
Dannie Morris: 6.5 tackles (4 solo, 5 asst)
Ethan Gee: 4.5 tackles (3 solo, 3 asst)
Bryan Hernandez: 3.5 tackles (3 solo, 1 asst)
A 1st: #11 pass complete to #23 for 5 yards (PAT failed), 0-6
B 1st: Bryan Hernandez 87 run (Grant Ridgway kick), 7-6
B 2nd: Scott Winger 5 run (Grant Ridgway kick), 14-6
A 2nd: #7 53 run (Conversion run failed), 14-12
A 3rd: #11 3 pass to #16 for 3 yards. Touchdown! (Conversation pass failed), 14-18
A 3rd:#11 7 pass to #7 for 29 yards (PAT failed), 14-24
B 4th: Scott Winger 43 run (Grant Ridgway kick), 21-24
B 4th: Scott Winger 9 run (Grant Ridgway kick), 28-24
A 4th: #11 17 pass to #24 (PAT good)
The Bruins (0-4, 0-2) will regroup and head to Madison-Grant for a 7pm contest on Friday.