Tough loss to Berean, 34-19

Brenda Stacey

Was the rainbow in the sky a sign that luck was shining on the Berean Christian High School Bulldogs’ homecoming – or on the Inlet Grove High School Hurricanes trying to spoil it?

“I think we prepared well,” said Coach Terry Bradden before the Sept. 19 contest at Wellington High School’s stadium. “We just have to come out and play our game.”

Sure enough, the game opened with Voshon Jackson’s 11-yard run and an 8-yard scamper by quarterback Jonas Oge.

But Berean’s pick-six interception runback and unsuccessful extra-point kick made the early score 6-0.

The Canes came right back with a Jackson kickoff return to their 40. But after the ensuing drive stalled, the Bulldogs scored again. Their point-after kick took their lead to 13-0 at 5:26 in the first quarter.

The Canes answered with their own drive, resulting in a Jackson touchdown run.

Then their defense went to work, recovering a fumble. On the first play of the second quarter – a crucial fourth and goal – Jackson scored again, and the Canes’ conversion kick tied the score at 13.

Aided by Canes penalties, however, the Bulldogs scored on their next drive. With their successful conversion kick Berean retook what became a 20-13 halftime lead.

“We’ve just got to do better,” Coach Bradden said as the Canes took to the sidelines to start the second half.

The next Bulldogs score proved his point, taking the score to 27-13 midway through the third quarter.

Again the Canes fought back, with Jackson’s third touchdown. An unsuccessful two-point conversion made the score 27-19.

Both teams played hard, as evidenced by the Berean player down on the field, apparently with the wind knocked out of him, just before halftime.

But the Bulldogs, taking over on downs at the Canes’ 4-yard line, and scoring gain with just under a minute left, took the 34-19 win.

“I didn’t properly prepare my team,” said Coach Bradden after the loss that evened the Canes record at 2-2. “We just have to work harder next time.”

Next up for Hurricane fans is the Greek Fest on Friday, Sept. 25, as Inlet Grove hosts North Broward Prep.’