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Minutemen Lose
To Indians 14-7

Senior Quarterback, Brandon White, letting the ball fly for a long touchdown completion vs. Bridgeport last Friday night. (Photo by Melissa Riley)

The Lewis County Minutemen football team hit the road for the first time in the 2014 season when they traveled to Bridgeport to take on the Indians in a Big Ten Conference tilt.
The Minutemen and Indians are two of the conferences elite teams as each had made several playoff appearances over the last several seasons. Bridgeport and Lewis County were meeting for the first time since the 2011 season.
A large crowd was on hand to witness this contest between the Minutemen and Indians and did not go away disappointed. The fans were treated to two outstanding defenses in the first half as neither could mount any scoring drives.
Both the Minutemen and Indians defenses had several plays that netted negative yardage for the opposing teams during the intense first half. The Minutemen got the first big break of the game when Bridgeport went to punt only to see the snap go over the punter's head. He then picked up the football and attempted to punt only to have it blocked by Lewis County's Dylan Gump.
This set up Lewis County in Bridgeport territory with a first down at the Indians 39 yard line. The Minutemen drive would come up short however as the Minutemen would go for it on 4th down from the Bridgeport 28 yard line. Brandon White dropped back to pass and it looked like Lewis County had a touchdown but the pass went through the hands of Brandon Moneypenny and Bridgeport took over on downs on the first play of the second quarter.
The Minutemen and Indians would continue the first half with neither team giving in and the first half would come to a close a scoreless tie.
Bridgeport got the ball first to start the second half and the Lewis County defense continued to be in a stingy mood as they forced the Indians to a three and out. Lewis County then had it's first possession of the second half.
Two plays later the Minutemen would cash in. B. White handed off to Damien White who handed off to Ryan Watson who would lateral the ball back to B. White who would then hit a wide open Moneypenny for a 68 yard scoring strike. Riley Gunter added the extra point Lewis County had a 7-0 lead with 9:12 left to play in the third quarter.
On the ensuing Indians drive they would march the ball down to the Lewis County 11 yard line but had to settle for a 28 yard field goal attempt that was no good and Lewis County would take over the ball again. This Lewis County drive would not last long as on the second play B. White went back to pass and was hit and fumbled.
It was recovered by the Indians at the Lewis County 17 yard line. The Indians cashed in 4 plays later when Dylan Tonkery would score from 10 yards out. Nick Strogen kicked the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7 heading into the final quarter of play. The Minutemen offense could not get anything going on it's next possession and punted the ball back to the Indians. Bridgeport took over at the 9:34 mark and would then use it's ground game to drive the length of the field to take the lead when Dante Bonamico scored from 15 yards out. Strogen added the PAT and Bridgeport had it's first lead of the night with just 2:42 left to play in the game.
Lewis County would see it's  comeback bid end on the next series when Dylan Gump was stopped 1 yard short of a first down to keep the drive alive on a pass from B. White. The Indians then ran out the clock and handed the Minutemen their first loss of the season by a final score of 14-7.
Brandon White had a good night in the passing department as he would hit on 5 of 7 attempts for 105 yards and 1 touchdown to Brandon Moneypenny.
The Minutemen fell to 2-1 with the loss while Bridgeport improved to 2-1. The Minutemen are now 1-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
       Lewis County will be back at home this Friday night when they will take on the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in a  Big Ten Conference match up. This contest is the annual Homecoming game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis County Athletic Complex.
Scoring By Quarters
Lewis County 0 0 7 0 -  7
Bridgeport      0 0 7 7 - 14
Scoring Summary
LC - Brandon White pass to Brandon Moneypenny 68 yards ( Riley Gunter kick )
BR - Dylan Tonkery 4 yard run ( Nick Strogen kick )
BR - Dante Bonamico 15 yard run ( Strogen kick )
Team Statistics                    LC                    BR
First Downs                           3                      13
Rushing Yards                      -2                     159
Passing Yards                     105                     48
Total Yards                          103                    207
Fumbles                                 1                         0
Fumbles Lost                          1                        0
Penalties-Yards                  4-30                   4-40
Punts-Avg.                      4-34.3                3-18.3
Punt Return Yards                 16                       16
Kickoff Return Yards              51                        0
Individual Statistics
Rushing: Lewis County: Damien White 7-12; Brandon White 2-(-21); Ryan Carson 6-1; Ryan Watson 5-6; Totals 20-(-2)
Bridgeport: Dante Bonamico 16-51; Dylan Tonkery 27-117; Zack Spurlock 14- 22; Team 1-(-29); Totals 58-151
Passing: Lewis County : Thomas Hogan 0 of 1; Brandon White 5 of 7 for 105 yards and 1 touchdown; Totals 5 of 8 for 105 yards and 1 touchdown
Bridgeport: Zack Spurlock 3 of 3 for 48 yards; Totals 3 of 3 for 48 yards
Receiving: Lewis County: Brandon Moneypenny 4-92; Dylan Gump 1-13; Totals 4-105
Bridgeport: Mitchell Winkie 2-41; Dante Bonamico 1-7; Totals 3-48
Punting: Lewis County: Dylan Gump 4-34.3
Bridgeport: Hunter Haddix 3-18.3
Punt Returns: Lewis County: Brandon Moneypenny 1-11; Adam Clem 1-5, Totals 2-16
Bridgeport: Dylan Tonkery 1-6; John Wilfong 1-10; Totals 2-16
Kickoff Returns: Lewis County: Brandon Moneypenny 3-51
Bridgeport: Landon McHenry 1-0

Patriots Lose
Opening Game

The Robert L. Bland Patriots football team was at home again last Thursday, Sept. 11, when they hosted the Bridgeport Braves in a middle school football game. The Braves got the ball first and the Patriots held them and got their first possession of the game.
Following two big running plays, one for 11 yards by Aaron Beam and one for 16 yards by Isiah Burciago, the Patriots were deep in the Braves end of the field.
Ryan Metzgar had the next carry and was hit after a four yard pickup. He fumbled and it was recovered by Bridgeport.
The Braves would then march down the field and score the game's first touchdown. The visiting Bridgeport team would post a 24-0 victory over the Patriots. The Patriots fell to 1-1 with the loss and will be at home again tonight when they host Lumberport in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Score By Quarters
Bridgeport     8 8 0 8 -24
Robert Bland 0 0 0 0 - 0
Individual Statistics
Rushing: Robert : Aaron Beam 13-78; Isiah Burciago 3-12; Ryan Metzgar 1-4; Shawn Moran 5-2; Dylan Lawson 2-(-5); Austin Sponaugle 4-13; Caden Rohrbough 2-11; Totals 30-115
Passing: Robert Bland: Caden Rohrbough 0 of 2
Punting: Robert Bland: Austin Sponaugle 1-30.0
Punt Returns: Robert Bland: Isiah Burciago 1-4
Kickoff Returns: Dylan Wright `-(-1); Isiah Burciago 1-0; Caden Rohrbough 1-5

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