Bobcat comeback falls short

BROOKINGS – The Bobcat freshmen football team lost to the Harrisburg Tigers by a score of 30-28 on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Bob Shelden Field.

Brookings scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, but was unable to convert a two-point conversion to send the game into overtime. Turnovers proved costly for the Bobcats, as two giveaways led directly to Harrisburg touchdowns.

The Bobcat offense took the opening kickoff and drove downfield, but on third-and-goal, Harrisburg intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Tigers added the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.

Brookings answered right back with a 12-play drive capped off by a Wes Koenig 4-yard TD run. Jackson Krogman added the two-point conversion to tie the score at 8-8. Harrisburg added a long touchdown run in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime by a score of 16-8.

The Bobcats were able to tie the score in the third quarter when Krogman connected with Cole Mahlum on a 50-yard pass play. Ike Johnson added the two-point conversion.

Harrisburg scored a touchdown and added the two-point conversion late in the third quarter.

Harrisburg took advantage of a Bobcat miscue and recovered a fumble for another touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Brookings was unable to move the ball on the next series and punted. Harrisburg fumbled on the punt return and Cody Larson recovered the fumble for the Bobcat defense.

Johnson capped off the short drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good, as Harrisburg led 30-22. The Bobcat defense came up with another takeaway when Noah Bayer forced a fumble and John Noordsy recovered. Faced with very little time and a long field, the Bobcats used the big play again. Krogman connected with Mahlum on a 90-yard touchdown pass and catch. The Bobcats were unable to convert the two point conversion, giving Harrisburg the 30-28 win.

The Bobcat defense put in another stellar effort. Leading the way were Koenig with eight tackles and Kyle Bauer seven. Max Struck and Dylan Marshall each added four tackles. Mahlum led the offense with 163 receiving yards and 53 rushing. Johnson chipped in with 54 rushing yards and Struck added three receptions for 50 yards. Krogman threw for 231 yards.

The Bobcats (1-1) travel to Sioux Falls to face Washington on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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