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MTZ football loses second straight

Makobi Adams runs the ball in for a touchdown while Jacob Harvey makes a block in a 30-27 loss against Charleston at Charleston.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion football team lost against Charleston 30-27 for its second straight loss. Makobi Adams threw for 286 yards, threw two touchdown passes and had a rushing touchdown for the Braves.

In the fourth quarter, the Braves were down 16-7 at the start. Then two minutes into the quarter, Charleston scored on a Brett Spour pass to Jeremiah Hayes for a 13 yard touchdown.

With the game on the line, the Braves got the ball back and started to comeback. Adams threw a pass to Grant McAtee. McAtee caught the ball, fumbled it and recovered it and got the Braves into the red zone. Adams then rushed in for a five-yard touchdown and then Adams ran in a two-point conversion that narrowed the Trojans’ lead to 23-15.

The Braves defense started to shut down the Trojans’ offense. On the Trojans’s next drive, the Trojans were forced to punt. The Braves drive down the field ended with Adams throwing a 19-yard pass that McAtee caught in the air for a touchdown narrowing the Trojans’ lead to 23-21.

Less than six minutes into the game, the Trojans’ offense tried to move the chains and got to near the 30-yard line. The drive resulted in a punt. Brayden Trimble caught the ball off the punt and ran it in for a 63-yard touchdown that gave the Braves a 27-23 lead with two minutes and 16 seconds remaining in the game.

The Trojans ended the game with the ball. The Trojans advanced the ball down the field and the Braves stopped them on their territory. After the Trojans used their timeouts Spour three another touchdown pass to Luke Nelson for the game-winning touchdown.

“We turned the ball over too many times and we didn’t play very well in the first half,” Head coach Patrick Etherton said. “We just didn’t execute. They have some pretty good players and number seven is a good player, we knew that. We just can’t give other teams opportunities and extra possessions and if you do this is what can happen.”

The Braves fall to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in Apollo Conference play. The Braves will face Breese Mater Dei on the road this week to end their season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“We have to watch the films and then go back and figure out what we have to do,” Coach Etherton said. “We have to fix a couple of things here and there. We went out there and scored, but failed to convert a two-point conversion, but their kids played well. You get down to the end and you hope you get a stop, but there’s a bunch of stuff throughout the game that we probably should have punted a couple of times to go for it. But I’m hindsight, we’ll evaluate what’s the mistakes tomorrow and then get better and move on. We have a really good Mater Dei team this week and we’ll go from there.”

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