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October 4, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: Holly Pond drops road game to J.B. Pennington 28-7

BLOUNTSVILLE — Holly Pond took the field Friday night against J.B. Pennington with a shot at ending a season-long losing streak.

But just minutes into the first quarter, the Broncos had committed two costly turnovers that sealed their fate.

The Tigers emerged with a 28-7 win over Holly Pond, which played without seven starters who were sidelined with injuries.

“We put a lot of freshmen on the field tonight and the young guys played well, but there’s no rest for the weary when you  turn the ball over,” first-year Bronco coach Mike Bates said.

The Green and White fumbled the opening kickoff, giving the Tigers the ball at the 17. Two plays later, Holly Pond trailed 7-0. The next turnover came via an interception that put J.B. Pennington in business inside Bronco territory, eventually yielding another score.

In the second quarter, Holly Pond committed a personal foul that gave its opponent excellent field position. The Tigers capitalized and took a 21-0 lead into halftime.

The third quarter saw the Broncos muster seven points as senior Jacob Jones and lineman Mitchell Naylor cleared the way for the Green and White.

However, J.B. Pennington quickly responded with its final score to slam the door on Holly Pond.

Bates was pleased with several efforts on the field, including the work of Jones at running back and middle linebacker.

“We moved the ball some on the ground and in the air,” he said. “Some of our young players got to play a full game because of the injuries, and they responded well. But we still had the turnovers. It doesn’t get any easier from here.”

The Broncos will return home next week to face Geraldine for homecoming.

Holly Pond fell to 0-6 on the season, while the Tigers improved to 2-4.

% The Times’ David Palmer contributed to this report.

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