Badgers Lose Tough One to GreenbrierSep 12th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Sports
The Greenbrier Panthers visited the Badgers at Bro. Erwin Stadium in Beebe Friday night, September 6th and came away with a convincing 61-38 win in the season opener for both squads.
The game started with Greenbrier jumping out to a 14-0 lead on a couple of quick scores – but the Badgers answered with 4:19 left in the 1st quarter, when Aaron Nunez hit Hunter King on a 53 yard touchdown pass making the score 14-6. But, Greenbrier answered with a long touchdown pass with 2:05 left in the 1st quarter, making it 21-6.
The Badgers got back on the board with 11:45 left in the 2nd quarter, when running back Trip Smith broke through the line, on his way to a 50 yard touchdown run, making the score 21-12. Greenbrier scored quickly again – but Smith pulled the Badgers to within 2 points, 21-19, with a 72 yard touchdown run with 10:05 left in the 1st half.
After that, it was all Panthers, as they quickly scored on a long touchdown pass making the score 27-19 with 8:53 left in the 1st half. The Badgers then fumbled on the next drive and the Panthers scooped it up and ran for another touchdown – making the score 34-19 with 6:19 left in the 1st half.
The Badgers then fumbled again on their next possession with 3:03 left in the half and Greenbrier struck again with a 37 yard touchdown pass at the 2:56 mark, making the score 42-19.
The next drive was much better for the Badgers, as they drove down the field and Smith scored his 3rd touchdown of the half on a short run, with 26 seconds left, making it 42-26 at halftime.
On the opening kickoff of the 3rd quarter, Badger Clayton Meurer ran the ball 54 yards into Panther territory, but the Badgers were unable to convert it into any points. The teams then traded the ball until the 6:09 mark in the 3rd quarter when Smith ran 2 yards, for his 4th touchdown of the night, making the score 42-32, bringing life back to the Badger bench.
That life was short lived though, as Greenbrier struck with another long touchdown run, giving the Panthers a 49-32 lead with 4:56 left in the 3rd quarter. The Badgers would score again on a touchdown run by Quarterback Aaron Nunez with 1:57 left in the 3rd quarter, making the score 49-38. But the Panthers would quickly strike again as quarterback Will Drury ran 24 yards for a touchdown making the score 55-38 to end the 3rd quarter.
The 4th quarter began with Badger quarter back Aaron Nunez being intercepted at the 11:27 mark – which lead to Greenbrier scoring once again on a long run at the 10:20 mark left in the game, giving them a commanding 61-38 lead.
The Badgers did threaten to score again, but the Panthers held on 4th down at the 4:27 mark left in the game and ran the clock out giving them the victory 61-38.
The Badgers had 576 total yards in offense – with 440 of that coming on the ground. Trip Smith led the way with 279 yards on 30 carries and 4 touchdowns and Aaron Nunez rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown. Nunez also had 136 yards passing completing 6 of 9 attempts and a touchdown.
Greenbrier finished the game with 162 yards rushing on 21 attempts and 374 yards passing by quarterback Will Drury on 17 of 21 attempts, giving them a total of 536 yards.
After the game, Coach Shannon said “ We had way too many mistakes in our kicking game and on defense. And we can’t win with that many turnovers (4). We knew we’d have to play a perfect game and we were far from it. We have a lot of work to do before next week’s contest against Lonoke.”
Coach Shannon concluded by saying, “ We gave up too many big plays – I thought the kids played hard, but we’re not built to get into a track meet with someone and we also had a lot of players cramping up tonight due to the weather. I was pleased with Trip Smith’s performance tonight. With him and Nunez in the backfield and the offensive line getting more seasoned I feel like we can compete with anyone offensively, but we just can’t turn the ball over and we turned it over way too much tonight.”
The Badgers are 0-1 for the season and will try to get their 1st win of the year next week in Lonoke against the Jackrabbits. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.