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Stung at the last second

B-B-E vs. A-C-GC football opener goes down to the wire


Randy Olson

Jacob Weller boots the PAT kick through the uprights in the game's opening seconds to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead.

Smash mouth football with a dose of aired-out pig skins was the name of the game on Friday night (Sept. 2) for the 2016 season opener between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

The Jaguars and Falcons duked it out for four very entertaining quarters of football, with B-B-E drawing first blood when Adam Jaeger ran back the game-opening kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown. Jacob Weller's PAT kick gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead.

By the end of the first quarter, the Jaguars were looking good with a 13-6 lead. Ryan Illies ran in his team's second touchdown with 3:19 on the clock.

The Falcons cranked it up on defense and offense and took a 28-21 lead into halftime. Neither team scored in the third quarter. B-B-E's Isaiah Gilbert ran in a 14-yard touchdown with 3:49 left in the game. Weller booted another PAT for a 28-28 tie.

A-C-GC then drove 74 yards and kicked a 22-yard field goal in the closing minutes for the 31-28 win. The Jaguars had 1.4 seconds on the clock when they received the final kickoff. The drive back ended at midfield.

B-B-E was out gained 371 to 236 yard on offense. Their run game did not get off the ground as they were beaten by a 223-72 margin in rushing yards. Through the air, Ryan Illies had 164 yards on 7-of-14 marks with one touchdown.

More stats will be updated later on Saturday.

Next: the Jaguars travel to Royalton on Friday, September 9 for the second game of the year and the first game of the Mid-State, District 3 schedule. The Royals pummeled New York Mills on Thursday night in a 35-6 win. Don't miss the video attached below that features Jaeger's first touchdown run of the game.

Randy Olson

(HD video) The National Anthem, starter introductions and the game's opening kickoff are shown in this video from September 2.


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