Peabody-Burns Junior High football kicked off the season at Little River Thursday. The Tomahawks were defeated by the Redskins, 36-28. The team will play next at home against Canton-Galva.
A Redskin return of a Tomahawk kick off was the first score of the competition. Little River added a two-point conversion and the Tomahawks trailed, 8-0.
PBJHS put together a scoring drive on the next possession that started at the Tomahawk 34-yard line. Garret Schroeder finished the drive with a 32-yard pass play to Xavier Jabary. Schroeder again connected with Jabary for a 2-point conversion and the score was 8-8.
Little River put up the next score of the contest with an interception of a Tomahawk pass that was returned for a touchdown. PBJHS stopped the conversion attempt and the Redskins again took the lead, 14-8.
The next drive for the Tomahawks started at the Tomahawk 25-yard line. Brooks Hodges connected with Garret Schroeder for a 55-yard touchdown. The conversion failed but the game was tied at 14.
Tomahawk errors set up the next two Little River scores. The Redskins capitalized on a PBJHS fumble and took the score to 22-14. A Tomahawk interception gave the ball back to the Redskins and they added to the score to lead, 30-14.
Braxton Kyle took the ball on the kick off and covered the field for a PBJHS score. Schroeder passed to Jabary for the conversion and the Tomahawks trailed by eight, 30-22.
Little River scored once more in the half to take the halftime advantage over the Tomahawks, 36-22.
Jabary opened the second half with a quick score on a kick off return. The conversion failed but PBJHS had again closed the gap to eight, 36-28.
Despite the defensive effort of the Tomahawks in the last minutes of the game—including two fumble recoveries by Devon McGonigal and an interception by Kyle — PBJHS offense could not get another score. The Tomahawks lost the first game of the season at Little River, 36-28.