Boys Varsity Football · Southwood denies Braves TRC hopes, 21-10


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The Southwood Knights maintained their perfect 8-0 record Friday night after claiming a hard-fought Three Rivers Conference 21-10 victory over the Maconaquah Braves. The win moves the Knights to the league championship game Friday evening, while Maconaquah will host its contest for third place in the TRC. The Braves saw their five-game win streak end and will take a 6-2 record into their final regular season game.
The huge TRC showdown between the AP fourth-ranked (Southwood – Class A) and 12th-ranked Braves (Class 3A) lived up to its billing and kept the large MHS Senior Night crowd in suspense until the final 36 seconds when Gabe Lloyd punched it in from the two for the 21-10 final. The Knight junior scored all three TD’s for the winners and finished with 162 yards on 20 carries.
After a scoreless first quarter in which MHS stuffed the Knights at the goal line, Southwood picked off a Brave pass and had excellent field position at the MHS 21. After a gain of one, Lloyd’s 20-yard TD scamper put the Knights on top, 7-0 at the 11:13 mark.
The opportunistic Knights cashed in again midway through the quarter, when they recovered a Brave fumble at their own 29. They quickly covered the distance in 60 seconds, using four plays and took a 14-0 lead when Lloyd danced in from the 26 with 6:28 left in the half.
Maconaquah fought back and trimmed it to 14-7 with 50 ticks remaining. Using five ball carriers, the Braves marched 72 yards in 13 plays. Carter Little scored from six yards out and Richie Leary added the PAT kick.
Richard Riemer’s booming endzone kick got the Braves off to a nice start in the third act, but they came up empty on a fourth-and-one at the Southwood 19 to thwart a drive at the 7:02 mark.
After both teams traded punts, big Adam Bowman came up with an interception in a crowd of defenders and the Braves had the ball at the Knight 34. After getting a first down at the 18, Southwood stiffened and Leary split the uprights with a 36 yard field goal to start the final 12 minutes of action, 14-10. It was the fourth longest field goal in Maconaquah history.
On Southwood’s next possession, Chance Hagan picked off a Knight pass and returned it 25 yards to the SW 19. Facing a third-and-11, with the go-ahead score looming, Southwood intercepted a Nolan Kelly pass at the five with 8:05 left.
Maconaquah got the ball back two minutes later after holding the Knights and forcing another punt.
The Braves got a big first down from Kelly on a fourth-and-one at midfield, but failed to convert four plays later on a fourth-and-six. Three Maconaquah trips to the red-zone (inside the SW 20) came up empty. The Knights, meanwhile, used some clock and the footwork of quarterback Alex Farr and Lloyd to cover 54 yards in five plays to
provide the final margin, 21-10.
Kelly led the Braves with 67 yards on 14 carries, while Little added 58 on 16 totes.
Paxton Kintner led the defensive attack with nine tackles. Cole Wininger, Bowman and Hagan were each credited with eight stops. Hagan also knocked down five Knight passes.