Braves late push falls short at New Haven


     NEW HAVEN—Bellmont entered the hostile environment of the Bulldogs on Friday night and nearly stole one against their NHC opponent falling short 27-24.

     The Braves entered the fourth quarter down three scores and fading fast but a late push and an on-side kick put Bellmont in striking distance.

     The Braves forced a punt on New Haven's first possession of the fourth quarter starting a drive on their own 31-yard line down 27-10. The Braves put together an impressive run including a 14-yard power run by Brad Busse up the middle for the initial first down of the drive setting the tone. A few plays later on fourth and seven, quarterback Jacob Bergman connected with Josh Brune on a 23-yard pass in the middle of the field for a drive-saving first down. 

     Bergman put the Braves down to the one-yard line on a 15-yard keeper that set up Busse's second touchdown of the day putting Bellmont within ten at 27-17. 

     On the ensuing kick-off, Bellmont recovered the on-side kick after Chase Ellsworth flubbed a bouncer off of a Bulldog's shoulder pads with 4:35 left in the fourth quarter and time running out. 

     With the ball on New Haven's 45 and in great field position, the Braves completed a three-minute touchdown drive that ended on an Ellsworth rush up the middle for four yards and a score. The rushing TD was set up once again by a 15-yard Bergman keeper as the QB danced out of bounds on the sidelines after netting the first down. 

     With 1:12 left in the contest, Bellmont's last hope was another on-side miracle and they nearly got their wish. The Bulldogs once again would bobble the kick return and a scrum ensued but after the officials sorted through Braves and Bulldogs like shuffling a deck of cards, it was New Haven who ended up with the ball causing simultaneous sighs and cheers from the home team faithful. 

     New Haven would take a knee ending the Braves dramatic comeback hopes and the contest.