Lynx stage 2nd half comeback in 16-7 ESD win
October 01. 2013 10:56AM
It wasn’t a great start for Brandon Valley in the first half Friday.
After three turnovers and trailing 7-0, Lynx coach Chad Garrow was able to turn that into motivation for the second half.
“We just had to put it behind us. That was the message to the guys,” Garrow said. “We had to focus on the second half and I’m glad our guys did.”
Despite four turnovers – including two inside the Bobcats 10-yard line – the Class 11AAA No. 4 Lynx (3-1) were able to come back from an early deficit and score 16 unanswered points in the second half to top fellow ESD member Brookings, 16-7.
“Brookings is a pretty good defensive team,” Garrow said. “We didn’t play real sharp, had some turnovers and probably tried to make too many things happen.”
Brandon Valley, playing its homecoming game, wasted little time in the second half to get on the board, taking just two plays to cover 51 yards, capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jake Comeaux to Drew Reinschmidt.
The Lynx weren’t able to quite kick the turnover habit in the first half alone. After Wyatt Winter picked off Brookings’ quarterback Carter Gordon at the Bobcat 22, the Lynx moved the ball to the 1, only to botch the quarterback-center exchange.
The Bobcats recovered, leaving another Lynx scoring chance to waste with 2:52 left in the third quarter.
Brandon Valley took the lead with 10:37 left in the game when Cam Holmes scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, making the game 13-7 after a missed extra point.
Once Brandon Valley took the lead, the Bobcat offense struggled, with three straight punts leaving the Bobcats with nothing.
The Lynx worked the clock down in the final minutes, leaving kicker Devan West with a 20-yard field goal. West split the uprights, boosting the Brandon Valley lead to nine with 2:22 to play.
Serving as the punter as well, West was primarily responsible for the Bobcats’ poor field position all night, putting Brookings inside its own 20-yard line four times. All together, the Bobcats started six drives inside its own 10-yard line.
“We have to be able to move the football on offense,” Brookings coach Lee Schmidt said. “When we’re backed up, we have to be able to change the field position. We weren’t able to do that at all tonight.”
Brookings (2-2) took advantage of the short field they had in the second quarter. The Bobcats blocked a Brandon Valley punt inside the Lynx 10-yard line and recovered it at the 8.
Two plays later, running back Gerald Maxwell scored on a 13-yard touchdown run to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with 11:31 left until halftime.
The Bobcats were able to keep the score there, forcing a pair of turnovers before half.
Brandon Valley’s Holmes fumbled inside the Brookings’ 10 and Comeaux was intercepted by Tyler Madler with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
Comeaux finished 19-for-31 passing for 231 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted twice.
Reinschmidt led the Lynx receiving with six catches for 84 yards, while tight end Alex Wilde had five catches for 88 yards.
Holmes rushed for 64 yards on 20 carries for the Lynx.
Brookings quarterback Carter Gordon completed 9-of-21 for 72 yards. He was intercepted once.
“We came out and we were a little rusty,” Holmes said. “In the second half, we came out of the locker room fired up and played hard. We were a lot different team in that second half and we came to play.”
The Lynx collected 20 first downs and were penalized on six occasions for 50 yards. Brookings picked up six first downs and were turned back 92 yards on a dozen calls.
Leading the Brandon Valley defense were Alex Maassen and Andrew Sorenson with seven tackles apiece. Wyatt Winter and Erik Ode offered six. Winter also had the lone interception.
Challenger editor Jill Meier contributed to this story.