The Brady Eagles football team ran into yet another challenge on Oct. 14 when they faced the Loomis Wolves for its last home and regular season game.
Loomis jumped out to an early 22-point lead in the first quarter before the Eagles’ offense started firing and put 20 points on the board in the second.
The Wolves kept their offensive train rolling, though and the teams took a break at the half with Loomis in control with a 46-20 lead.
The Eagles scored another eight points in the third and seven in the fourth, but the Wolves kept the pressure on both sides of the ball, scoring another 22 points in the second half.
The game ended with a final score of 68-35 in Loomis’ favor.
Coach Andy Seamann said the Wolves came out aggressively which caused the Eagles to work harder in executing their game strategy.
“They did a good job of causing havoc for our running game and getting pressure on most of our pass plays,” he said.
That aggression also caused the Eagles to have a season-high of six turnovers and Seamann said that was the lynchpin in the momentum of the game.
“We forced some turnovers that got us the momentum back on our side early in the second quarter, but we weren’t able to keep it going,” he said.
Shane Most had 198 passing yards on nine of 22 completed passes and another 95 yards in rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown.
Dillon Miller had seven carries, good for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Rylie Shirk had four receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Most had 15 tackles and a sack for an eight yard loss.
Cameron Carr and Triston Stearns each had nine tackles, Miller had seven and Kaden Dady added six.
The Eagles end the 2021 campaign 2-6 and endured a season that was one of growth for the team.
Seamann said that the final record is not a reflection of the work ethic of the kids who showed up every day and that the lessons learned on the field stretch beyond the sidelines.
“I hope the biggest growing point for this group goes beyond football,” he said. “Through our trials and tribulations of this season, I hope they gained a better understanding of what ‘Last Play’ means and that it goes beyond football.”
The Eagles graduate five seniors from this season’s football team and this group is one that Seamann said he wished he had more time with.
“This group, I feel, was just starting to scratch the surface of what they are capable of on the football field,” he said. “They are a great group of kids that were a joy to be around.”
With the majority of his team returning next season, there is much for Seamann to look forward to, as well, although he said it is difficult to start that line of sight with the seasons’ end being so fresh.
“It usually doesn’t hit me for a few days when we don’t have practice after school anymore,” he said. “We have a talented group of skilled players coming back. They have a lot of speed and untapped potential.”
Seamann also said that there would be some reevaluation happening in the off-season as there are a number of slots to fill with the big guys up front on the offensive line, as well as some big shoes to fill at quarterback.
While the season may not have ended the way the Eagles or the coaches wanted it to, there were many lessons learned throughout its course.
And Seamann said that his greatest hope for his team is to understand that challenges will come to them in many different ways.
“I hope they understand through this season to not take things or time for granted in this life,” he said.