Streak comes to an end as Rains falls 17-7
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 30, 2006 - EMORY – For the second year in a row, the Brownsboro Bears handed the Rains Wildcats their first loss of the season. Friday night, Brownsboro (3-2) scored 17 unanswered points during the second half to defeat Rains 17-7 in a packed Wildcat Stadium.

Both teams' defenses dominated the first half of play. Each team had the football inside their opponent's 10-yard line; however, each defense stood fast as the first half ended in a scoreless tie.

Rains (3-1) posted the first points of the game on its first possession of the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, Mandel Christian rushed through the middle of the line untouched and raced 76 yards for a touchdown. Derek Hurst added the point-after kick to give Rains a 7-0 lead with 9:11 remaining in the third quarter.

Brownsboro answered with a 53-yard scoring drive of their own. Senior quarterback Jordan Magee quickly moved Brownsboro into scoring position with a 42-yard pass to Logan Bryan. He then capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run which made the score 7-7.

A lost fumble by Rains late in the third quarter led to another Brownsboro score. A 20-yard field goal by Tyler Smith gave Brownsboro a 10-7 lead with 11:05 left in the fourth quarter.

Rains struggled to try and retake the lead, but Brownsboro nailed down the win on a 4-yard touchdown by Ryan Epperson with 1:28 left to play.

Christian led all rushers with 150 yards on 14 carries for the night. Hurst finished the night with 16 yards on eight carries, and Montrea Hobbs finished with 15 yards on three carries.

The Wildcat defense held Brownsboro to 67 yards rushing on 31 carries. Brownsboro made up for it though with Magee completing 11-of-18 passing for 169 yards.

Magee's two favorite targets for the night were Bryan and Ricco Richards, both playing in their first game of the season. Bryan finished the game with 99 yards on eight catches and Richards finished with 70 yards on three catches.

Friday night, the Wildcats will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to Mount Vernon to take on the Tigers.

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