Downing the Cougars, the Bruins prepare for revenge against the Spartans

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On a blisteringly cold friday night, the Lake Braddock Bruins set out on their home field to claim the first game of the 2014 playoffs. With temperatures plunging down into the low 30’s and the determined Oakton Cougars rearing to go, however, this looked to be no easy accomplishment. Plus, with an added rough start, giving up an early fumble and a touchdown, the game looked increasingly grim. Yet, despite these early obstacles, the Bruins immediately came back in full force and finished the game with resounding authority.

“We just needed to find a rhythm,” senior center Randy Bills said. “We had a lot of miscommunication, but once we started communicating well we started scoring.”

Scoring, amongst other things in the game, was something the Bruins did extremely well. After being down 6-0 early, LB retook the lead 7-6 with 7:44 left in the first quarter and led from there on out.

“We just had to keep fighting,” junior quarterback Kyle Edwards said. “Oakton’s strength is defense so we knew we had to just keep chipping away and eventually we’d get a look that we could score on.”

Edwards, who had his first start as quarterback in a playoff game, went 15 for 25 passing, amassing 412 yards with only two interceptions. He threw four touchdown passes total, one to junior Peyton Scott, and the other three to senior running back Dejoun Lee.

“They were bringing it a lot and they were blitzing,” Edwards said, “and when I would roll out I would just see [Lee] and I would hit him in stride.”

Lee had a total of five touchdowns on the night, three passing and two rushing. Two of these touchdowns occurred in the second quarter. As the first half came to an end, the Bruins led 21-6.

With a 15 point lead going into the second half, LB went on cruise control, only allowing 1 touchdown by Oakton in the third quarter and shutting out the Cougars in the fourth. Lee’s momentum however continued throughout the remainder of the game, as he scored his last three touchdowns, two in the third and one in the fourth.

With a final field goal by the Bruins with 3:22 left in the game, the score would not change for the remainder of the game: 44-14. With this impressive 30-point victory, the Bruins move on to the second round of the playoffs to take on a grudge match versus the West Springfield Spartans.

“We want it bad,” Edwards said. “We really want to come in and get our revenge on West Springfield and take away from the negative which was when we lost earlier [in the season].”

In the earlier matchup against the West Springfield, the Bruins tragically fell in the final seconds of the game to a field goal that put the Spartans up by two. With this loss still fresh in the teams mind, they will attempt to use the next week as a chance to improve even more.

“We can’t mess around this week,” Bills said. “We can’t laugh off things. We need to do every single little thing right in order to beat them.”

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