Veterans finished what it started.
Ordinarily that’s a good thing. Not against Bainbridge Friday in Freedom Field.
The Warhawks started the game by scoring. The Warhawks ended the game by scoring. Sandwiched in between, however, were four Bearcats scores as they won 28-14.
Those actually came in the second half as Veterans limited Bainbridge to two three-and-outs and punts to start the game. The Bearcats did enjoy some success on their third attempt – in fact slowly but surely began to gain momentum, and once they finally gained a foothold the Warhawks were never able to get it back. They picked up their first three first downs – one of those on a fourth-and-one – and drove to Veterans’ 20. They thought they had a touchdown on a reverse, but a hold brought it back. Eventually they were faced with a fourth-and-12, went for it, but didn’t make it.
Craig Luckey picked off a pass to stall their next drive. On the next – the Warhawks punting four straight times after their opening score – they went from Veterans’ 32 – a good return coupled with a facemask – to the 20. There, they stalled again.
The Warhawks took it following and with about 30 seconds left, took a knee to welcome the half.
Bainbridge started the third with a six-play drive, a score and a point after to tie it. It then scored again on its next possession to go ahead.
Veterans did put together a good drive close to the end of the third and into the fourth, but it stalled just outside field goal range.
The Bearcats then scored again and following an interception put together three plays from the 16 for their fourth of the night.
The loss represented the Region 1-AAAAA opener for both. Bainbridge improved to 1-0, 5-2. Veterans dropped to 0-1, 2-5.