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Brandon-Evansville tops Owls 40-12

Quarterback Taylor Holleman (#7) gets set to pass while the Owls defensive line gives him time.1 / 4
Austin Steege makes a catch for the Owls.2 / 4
There were some tense minutes in the football game Friday night as freshman quarterback Taylor Holleman was tended to on the field while fellow players kneel in his honor. Holleman was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he underwent tests and is doing fine.3 / 4
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The Hancock Owls football team played host to the Chargers from Brandon-Evansville on Friday night for the Owls homecoming game. Both teams would score once in the fourth to the final score 40-12.

The first possession of the game went to the Owls where they tried to feel out the B-E defense but ended up going three and out. On defense Austin Steege intercepted a pass to get the Owls back the ball. Hancock's offense remained stagnant and was forced into another three and out.

Brandon-Evansville began to move the ball but the Owls defense would not break and wound up recovering a B-E fumble. This time the Owls would take advantage of the situation. On three consecutive plays Taylor Holleman found Steege to cover the 53 yards needed to reach pay dirt. The two-point conversion was no good. The Owls defense continued to stay strong as they would keep the Chargers out of the end zone and intercept one more pass in the quarter. As the quarter came to a close the Owls found themselves with the ball and a 6-0 lead.

To start the second quarter the two teams would again trade possessions as both defenses would not give. On the Owls second possession of the quarter they were once again forced to punt when the ball was blocked and the Chargers recover on the Owls 16 yard line. The Chargers would make short work of their new found luck and score on a 16 yard touchdown run to tie the game at six. The two point conversion was no good.

On Hancock's next possession they again started moving the ball, but after a couple of first downs the Owls were once again forced to punt. After a running into the kicker penalty, the Owls would elect to re-kick and on the next kick B-E would return it for a 60 yard TD making the game 12-6 in favor of the Chargers. Both defenses continued to flex their muscle and keep the other team out of the end zone. With 1:41 left in the half B-E would connect on a 50 yard touchdown pass to take a 20-6 lead going into the half.

In the third quarter, Brandon-Evansville's depth began wearing on the Owls as they would score twice in the quarter to take a 34-6 lead. The Owls had a difficult time running the ball and in the fourth struggled completing any passes.

The Owls would punch it in from five yards on a Michells Algarate run up the middle.

The defenses played great all night, but B-E was able to take advantage of situations and score. The Owls led the turnover ratio but struggled offensively. "I was very impressed to see how our team came out and started the game and also how they responded after an injury," commented coach Chad Christianson. "We played with a lot of heart and kept up the intensity for the entire game. If we can play with this kind of intensity we could have a nice run toward the end of the season." The Owls will host Lincoln High Friday.