Friday, September 15, 2017
Maconaquah High School
The Maconaquah Braves dropped a 28-23 Homecoming battle to the Peru Tigers before a near-capacity crowd Friday night. The game was not decided until :01 was left on the clock when Peru scored from the three yard line.
Maconaquah rallied late in the game after stopping the TIgers at their own 43 with 3:20 left in the game. Four straight carries by Collin Silvers moved the pigskin to midfield before Paxton Kintner took a handoff and sprinted to the Peru 30. A gain of seven by Silvers and a Peru penalty moved MHS to the 14 with less than a minute left.
Freshman quarterback Nolan Kelly then hooked up with Evan Myers with a 14-yard scoring strike to force a 22-all deadlock. Ethan Larason’s PAT kick made it 23-22 with :47 remaining. Peru took the ensuing kickoff and used seven plays before punching it in to
preserve the win.
The Kelly-to-Myers duo teamed up for three touchdown passes on the evening and in the process Myers became the third player in school history to catch three TD passes in a sing le game. Dave Alspaugh (1967) and Bryan Carrico (1989) also had three TD games.
The Braves ground game was spearheaded by Silvers’ third straight 100-yard game. He rushed for a career-high 223 yards on 31 carries, becoming the eighth Brave in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a single game. His 223 yards is the ninth best rushing
effort at Maconaquah in a game. Teammate Aaron Sedwick added 66 yards on eight carries.
Sedwick once again led the Braves on the tackle charts. Tanner Howell, Braxton Dewey, Myers and Silvers were all credited with double-digit tackle nights. Myers also picked off a Tiger pass and recovered a fumble to go along with his record-breaking receiving game.
The Braves, now 2-3, will face undefeated North Central (Farmersburg) on the road Friday evening.