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Warriors lose opening district contest to Chase County

Sports writer

The Peabody-Burns High School football team lost 28-14 Friday to Chase County in the first of two district games.

The Warriors will take on Moundridge Friday in a must win contest in the final game of the scheduled season.

Senior athletes also will be honored at halftime of the game.

Derek Price received the opening kick-off against the Bulldogs and set up the Warrior offense at its own 24-yard line.

Jacob Simmonds and Price moved the ball on the ground, but on fourth-and-three at the 30, Brandon Pickens punted for the Warriors.

The Chase County offense moved the ball with seven rushing downs and found the end zone with 6:30 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldog kick was unsuccessful, but Chase County took the early 6-0 lead.

On the next Bulldog offensive series, Pickens recorded a sack, creating a fumble and Chris Brooks recovered the ball on the Warrior 31.

Price moved the ball to earn a new set of downs.

A Bulldog roughing-the-passer penalty kept the drive alive and set up the offense at the Chase County 45.

Henry Hammann gained five yards on first down.

He carried the ball again on second down and broke through the middle of the Bulldog defense.

Covering 40 yards and losing a shoe, Hammann earned the score for the Warriors.

Brian Wingert attempted the extra point but it was unsuccessful.

PBHS still tied the game at six with 9:01 left to play in the second quarter.

The Warrior defense stopped the next Bulldog offensive series with tackles by Price, Tyler Slater, Brooks, Pickens, Caleb Hilliard, Storm Pickens, Trevor Foth, and Simmonds.

Chase County punted the ball and the Warriors took over on their own 24.

The PBHS drive was cut short on first down by a Bulldog interception of a Warrior pass.

A flurry of scoring came late in the second quarter.

The first score came when the Bulldogs special teams blocked a punt with less than a minute to play in the half and set up a Chase County touchdown.

On first-and-goal from the one, the Bulldogs rushed for the score with 50 seconds left in the half.

They added two and the Bulldog lead was 14-6.

With 33 seconds left on the clock, the Warrior offense also added a score before the half.

On first-and-10 at the Warrior 37, Simmonds connected with Brandon Pickens for a 63-yard pass play.

Simmonds ran the ball around the left end for the two-point conversion and the score was tied at 14 with just seconds left on the clock.

Neither offense found the end zone in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Bulldogs with two more scores.

The PBHS offense found the end zone one more time, but the play was negated by a penalty.

Chase County defeated the Warriors, 28-14.

Simmonds was 2-10 through the air with 70 yards and a touchdown.

He also rushed five times for 11 yards.

Hammann rushed 12 times for 64 yards and a score.

Brandon Pickens caught one pass for 63 yards and a touchdown. Price rushed nine times for 32 yards.

Price led the defense with nine tackles.

Hilliard had seven tackles and Brandon Pickens had 6.5.

Storm Pickens had 5.5 tackles and Hammann had five.

Slater recorded 4.5 tackles while Wingert and Simmonds each had three. Brooks had 2.5 tackles and Abe Eldridge had 1.5. Foth recorded one half of a tackle.

Last modified Oct. 22, 2008

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