PBHS football suffers second defeat

Staff writer

A second defeat of the season comes at a high price for the Peabody-Burns High School football team. The squad lost to Flint Hills, 50-36, Friday at home and now is in a must-win situation in the next two contests with Madison and Lebo. PBHS is 3-1 in District 3 east and 5-2 overall.

The PBHS kickoff was returned to midfield and Flint Hills earned three first downs. They finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run by the quarterback. The conversion was stopped by Austin Savage, Christian Gard, and Braxton Kyle. A little over a minute into the contest, PBHS trailed, 6-0.

Just seconds later, Gard took the Flint Hills kickoff 74 yards for a score. The conversion failed, but PBHS evened the score at 6 with 10:41 on the clock.

On the ensuing kickoff, Tommy Morris halted the return man at the Flint Hills 22-yard line. On first-and-10, the Mustangs added six with a 58-yard rush. The conversion pass fell short but Flint Hills regained the lead, 12-6, with only 17 seconds ticked off the clock.

Gard again caught the kickoff but was stopped at midfield. Kyle and Savage ran on first and second down. Two incomplete passes from Hunter Pickens followed and PBHS turned the ball over on downs.

Lucas Larsen, Kyle, Brooks Hodges, Gard, Morris, Savage all recorded stops on the next Flint Hills series but the Mustangs added a touchdown on a fourth-and-10 pass play from the Warriors’ 28. The conversion was good and Flint Hills led 20-6 with 6:46 left in the first period.

Late in the quarter, Savage added Warriors’ points on an interception at the line of scrimmage. He returned the ball 34 yards for the score. Savage added the two-point conversion. PBHS narrowed the gap 20-14 with 1:30 left in the first.

Flint Hills added another first-quarter score with 1 minute left on the clock. The conversion was successful. PBHS was down, 28-14.

Flint Hills intercepted another Warriors’ pass and set up the next score. The 44-yard drive ended with a third-and-goal run from the 3. The PAT pass connected and PBHS trailed, 36-14.

With Less than ten second left in the half, Flint Hills scored once more at third-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The conversion run was successful. The Mustangs held a 44-14 advantage at halftime.

PBHS defense came out ready in the third. Stops by Hodges, Kyle, Gard, Larsen and Jayden Miller held the Mustangs scoreless in the period.

Warrior offense had two successful drives in the quarter.

The first was a 40-yard drive with gains by Savage and Pickens. Pickens added a touchdown on a 12-yard run to the left corner of the end zone. Savage added two on the conversion.

The second was set up by a Kyle punt block at the Mustang 2-yard line on second-and-goal, Pickens hand off to Kyle gave the Warriors a touchdown. The conversion failed but PBHS matched their first half production. Late in the third, PBHS trailed, 44-28.

The fourth quarter went scoreless until the Mustangs added six with 6 minutes left in the contest.

With 4:11 left in the game, PBHS offense then had one more score, a 24-yard pass reception by Savage. Morris caught a pass reception for the two-point conversion.

Pickens was 9-for-22 for 99 yards passing. He rushed 18 times for 64 yards. Savage rushed eight times for 14 yards. He caught three passes for 37 yards. Kyle had four runs for 2 yards and one catch for 3 yards. Topham caught a pass for 33 yards. Morris had three catches for 26 yards.

Hodges led the defense with 15 tackles. Gard and Kyle followed with eight. Pickens and Miller each had seven while Morris recorded six. Larsen had four. Topham and Kiefer Larsen each added one.

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