Hancock Football team loses to B-E
By Matt Hone
Brandon-Evansville spoiled Hancock's Homecming, defeating the Owls 14-8 Friday. The Chargers took the first possession and scored on a quarterback bootleg run for a touchdown. The Owls stopped the two point conversion and the score stood at 6-0. The Owls were forced to punt on their first try on offense, giving Brandon-Evansville the momentum. Both defenses dominated throughout the rest of the half as neither offense scored.
The Owls got their first break on a B-E fumble at the end of the first quarter. Hancock drove the ball to the B-E 10 yard line, but were unable to take advantage as they turned it over on downs. Once again the Owls held the Charger offense from scoring. But the story of the night was the opportunistic Charger defense. B-E forced the Owls into four first half turnovers. As a result, the halftime score remained at 6 - 0.
The third quarter began with the Owls receiving the opening kick off. But the turnover bug continued to cause the Owls problems. The first Hancock possession ended with an interception. The Charger offense was unable to move the ball and was forced to punt. Unfortunately, the next Owls possession ended in a fumble. Hancock again stopped the Charger offense, but the B-E punt pinned the Owls inside their own 10 yard line. Hancock was the next to punt, but the Chargers returned the punt 35 yards to score their second touchdown of the night. With a successful two point conversion pass the Brandon- Evansville led 14-0.
The Owls got their first break of the fourth quarter when they recovered a Brandon-Evansville fumble. The Owls capped the drive on a 14 yard touchdown run by Cory Schroeder. Austin Steege added a successful two point conversion pass to Brendon Foss and the score was 14-8. Both teams exchanged punts again as time was beginning to run out on the Owls.
Hancock kept a drive alive thanks to a roughing the punter call on B-E. The Owls failed to capitalize, as they were forced to turn over the ball on downs. The Chargers were held to another punt, but the Owls threw an interception. B-E was once again held to a punt as the Owls used their remaining timeouts to conserve the clock. The final Hancock drive of the night ended in an interception and the Chargers ran out the clock. It concluded a night where the Owls turned over the ball eight times.
Jake Ascheman and Brendon Foss led the Owls defense each with 13 tackles. Jason Schaefer and Jake Ascheman also came up with one fumble recovery each for the Owls. The disappointing loss drops the Owls to 0-5 this season. The Owls travel to Lincoln H.I. for a 7 p.m game on October 9.