Bruins narrowly escape the Spartans with QB sneak as time expires


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In a heart-pounding, bone-chilling, high-emotion grudge match between the Lake Braddock Bruins and the West Springfield Spartans, the game came down to the last two seconds. After receiving the ball with 1:08 left in the game, the Bruins made a massive push down the field and scored a touchdown as time expired.

In the highly anticipated rematch between LB and West Springfield, tensions were running high in the week, which was labeled “revenge week.” In the previous matchup of the two teams, West Springfield won by two on a field goal with eight seconds left in the game. This week’s game came down to the wire, too; this time however, with the Bruins emerging victorious.

The game was a back and forth struggle of power between the two district rivals. LB struck first with a breakaway 44-yard touchdown run by senior Dejoun Lee to put them up 7-0 in the first quarter. West Springfield then retaliated in the second quarter with a strong drive to the goal line to even the score. Then, after a three-and-out by the defense, junior Kyle Edwards threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to senior Tyreek Middleton. This made the score 14-7 Bruins and would remain the same for the rest of the half.

In the second half, it was seemingly all Spartans as they scored two unanswered touchdowns, putting them up 21-14. LB managed to string a drive together and scored a touchdown to even the score 21-21, but it didn’t remain this way for long. With 1:08 left in the game, the Spartans set up, and sent a field goal flying between the posts to put them up by three, giving the Bruins a little over a minute to mount their comeback.

Through a series of long passes and strong drives, LB made its way all the way down the field to make it second and goal with 18 seconds left on the clock. Then, with a quick pass, the Bruins found themselves on the 1 yard line with the clock winding down quickly, forcing them to spike the ball with two seconds left in the game. On the final play of the game, LB could have chosen to play it safe and kicked a field goal to send the game into overtime. Instead, the Bruins placed their entire season on their ability to run the ball one yard. As the ball was hiked, Edwards pushed his way though the offensive and defensive lines and scored a touchdown to end the game.

After narrowly escaping this battle between bitter rivals, the Bruins move to play Westfield High School next week in the regional semi finals.

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