Rains comes back empty-handed after going Bear hunting

By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 30, 2007 - BROWNSBORO - The Rains Wildcats began Friday night's game ready for bear, but after a pair of early scoring opportunities came up empty and two turnovers resulted in touchdowns, the Rains Wildcats left Brownsboro with a 35-14 loss to the Bears.

The Wildcats got off to a quick start with Colby Hoover pulling in a 62-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Marshall on the third play of the game. Hoover added the point-after kick that gave Rains a 7-0 lead.

The defense held Brownsboro for four plays to give the ball back to the Wildcat offense. The Wildcats quickly went to work and after a 37-yard pass to Casey Paris, Rains was back at Brownsboro's door step. The drive came up empty, though, as the Wildcats failed to convert on fourth-and-inches at the Brownsboro 10-yard line.

The Wildcats had a second opportunity to extend their lead early in the second quarter. A 25-yard run by Montrel Christian put the Wildcats back in striking distance at the Brownsboro 31-yard line. Two plays later, Marshall threw to Blake Hicks, who had slipped behind the Brownsboro secondary. Hick had trouble pulling in the pass and Brownsboro later took over on downs.

Brownsboro evened the score at 7-7 when Collin Wilson ran a reverse 62 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats' early momentum came to an end when Brownsboro took a 14-7 lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Zach Bailey. The Wildcats tried to answer the score, but Seth Martin intercepted Marshall's pass to Paris and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown that gave Brownsboro a 21-7 lead at the half.

Brownsboro continued to move the football in the second half. After driving to the Rains 25-yard line and turning the football over on downs, the Bears drove 66 yards on their second possession of the half to extend their lead with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bailey to Keith Johnson.

Montrel Christian took over at quarterback for the Wildcats and on the final play of the third quarter, Christian found Hoover with a 58-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-14. Hoover finished the game leading all receivers with 144 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions.

Rains found a spark early in the fourth quarter when the Wildcat defense recovered a Brownsboro fumble near midfield. Two plays later, the flames were extinguished when Tristian Warren intercepted a Christian pass and returned it 60 for a touchdown.

Friday night the Wildcats will try to bounce back when they host the Mount Vernon Tigers.

Brownsboro-Rains, Stats

Rains 7 0 7 0 - 14

Brownsboro 0 21 7 7 - 35

First Quarter

Rains – Colby Hoover 68 pass from Taylor Marshall (Hoover kick), 10:33

Second Quarter

Brown – Collin Wilson 62 run (Tyler Smith kick), 7:58

Brown – Zach Bailey 11 run (Smith kick), 2:01

Brown – Seth Martin 55-interception return (Smith kick), 1:28

Third Quarter

Brown – Keith Johnson 16 pass from Bailey (Smith kick), 1:28

Rains – Hoover 58 pass from Montrel Christian (Hoover kick), 0:00

Fourth Quarter

Brown – Tristian Warren 70-yard interception return (Smith kick), 10:13

Rains Brownsboro

First downs 9 18

Rushes-yards 34-105 27-184

Passing yards 192 194

Total yards 297 378

Comp-Att-Int 6-16-2 16-33-0

Punts-Avg 5-43.6 4-40

Penalties-yards 4-20 6-55

Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING – Rians: Montrel Christian 9-53; Kenneth Cawthon 7-39; Montrea Hobbs 9-9; Taylor Marshall 9-4. Brownsboro: Zach Bailey 13-74; Collin Wilson 1-62; Will Jones 4-18; Ryan Epperson 5-16; David Rudd 3-9; Jose Hernandez 1-5.

PASSING – Rains: Marshall 4-10-1, 123 yards; Christian 2-6-1, 69 yards. Brownsboro: Bailey 16-32-0, 194 yards; Seth Martin 0-1.

RECEIVING – Rains: Colby Hoover 4-144; Casey Paris 2-48. Brownsboro: Epperson 4-42; Tristian Warren 3-47; Jerqualyn Dora 2-38; Keith Johnson 3-37; Jones 2-23; Tyler Rogers 1-7.

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