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Turnovers hurt Golden Eagles in season opener

By Zach Gregory


BELLBROOK — That wasn’t the way Bellbrook wanted to start things off.

In a night that started off promising, just about everything went wrong - not the least of which was Bellbrook’s ball protection. The Golden Eagles struggled to maintain good field position and wound up losing to the visiting Miamisburg Vikings Friday night, 38-10.

“Well it was a heck of a game early,” said Bellbrook coach Kevin Basinger. “Then we started to turn the ball over and then that’s kind of the story of how it finished. It was kind of ugly when we couldn’t hold onto the football and we kept giving them the ball.”

The Vikings continually took advantage of their great field position, riding stud tailback Chris Young into the endzone multiple times. Young finished with 129 yards on 16 attempts, including a 52-yard sprint that he made look easy. He finished with four touchdowns.

“For the longest time, they couldn’t do anything against us. I think their yardage was minimal, even up to the rain delay,” said Basinger. “We just came out flatter than crap after the break. That’s a tough situation, but we have to fight harder in those situation.”

Despite their solid defensive play, Bellbrook still trailed 24-3 when lightning delayed play with a minute left in the third quarter. Miamisburg was given short fields to play with and they capitalized. Before the lightning delay, the Golden Eagles had two interceptions, two fumbles and a blocked punt.

With four minutes left in the first half, Bellbrook stripped the ball from Chris Yerkins only to give it up on a fumbled lateral on the first play of its ensuing possession. With 10 minutes left in the third, Alex Fryman threw an interception after the Bellbrook defense caused a Miamisburg fumble. Fryman was 6-17 for 49 yards and two interceptions.

While they didn’t have another turnover after the delay, Bellbrook came out flat and got gashed on a couple of long runs that resulted in touchdowns. Basinger reiterated how much the turnovers took his team out of the game.

“Given the ball away was the whole story of the game. Our offense knew they had a tough test tonight - they have a great defense, that’s a great team,” he said. “We’re just disappointed. I thought we could have done a better job, but we still did do a pretty good job. We played hard. We did a nice job, but we just started turning the ball over and that killed us.”

“One thing we can take away from this is that we were ready to play. They were focused. The kids believed in the program, believed in the system and if they can continue to do that and work hard I think we’re going to be alright.”

Bellbrook is back in action when they take on Xenia, 7 p.m. Friday at Cox Stadium.

Miamisburg 3 14 7 14 — 38

Bellbrook 3 0 0 7 — 10

B - Chase Sawyer 11 field goal.

M - Blake Middleton 14 field goal.

M - Chris Young 1 run, Middleton kick.

M - Young 1 run, Middleton kick.

M - Young 1 run, Middleton kick.

M - Chris Fobbs 42 run, Max Dungan kick.

M - Young 52 run, Middleton kick.

B - Connor Oldham 1 run, Sawyer kick.

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