MITCHELL – The Brookings freshmen football team traveled to Mitchell and mounted a second half comeback to win by a score of 13-6. The Bobcat defense was stellar and Cole McKeown provided two big plays to spark the offense.
Brookings was unable to move the ball on its first possession and for most of the first half. Mitchell put together an 11-play drive that finished with a short touchdown run. The Bobcats threatened early in the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs. Late in the second quarter, McKeown intercepted a pass to give the Bobcats the ball inside the 10-yard line but they turned the ball over on the next play as the Kernels led 6-0 at halftime.
Neither team was able to sustain a drive to open the third quarter. A Bobcat miscue set up great field possession for Mitchell, but the Brookings defense came up big and stopped the Kernels inside the 20-yard line. Jake Ammann had a big quarterback sack to end the Mitchell threat.
McKeown ignited the Bobcat offense on the next possession with a 66-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick was blocked and the score was tied 6-6.
During fourth quarter action, Mitchell threatened on the next possession but McKeown’s strip and recovery of the ball prevented a Mitchell score.
Three plays later, McKeown sprinted 60 yards to paydirt for another touchdown. Payton Theodosopoulos added the PAT and the Bobcats led 13-6. Later in the fourth quarter, Mitchell blocked a Bobcat punt behind the line of scrimmage. McKeown picked up the live ball and ran 22 yards for a Bobcat first down. Brookings was able to get inside the 10-yard line, but because of a penalty was unable to capitalize. Mitchell mounted one more scoring chance but McKeown intercepted the pass and the Bobcats ran out the clock.
McKeown led the offense with 196 yards rushing on 19 carries. Ammann caught three passes for 36 yards and Lincoln Hardin added three catches for 32 yards. Jaxon Bowes completed eight passes for 81 yards.
McKeown also led the defensive effort with seven tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. Ammann added nine tackles. Zach Moe and Hunter Gray each added five stops, while Nick Bowne contributed four tackles, two of which were sacks.
The Bobcats play at Watertown on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.