The Briarwood Middle School football team experienced their first loss of the season Oct. 13 to the Edmund Burke Spartans by a score of 20-8.
"It was just a game between two really good football teams," Coach Bo Fleming said. "We had some breaks not go our way in the first half and the big play killed us. My guys played hard and never quit. We have to come back next week and end the season with a win."
The score was not an indication of how close the game was, according to the coach, who said first-half penalties and a fumble were costly.
The Spartans received the opening kickoff and began a nine-play scoring drive ending in a 19-yard TD run. The 2-point attempt failed, making the score 6-0 with 3:35 left in the first quarter.
The Bucs drove their opening possession to the Spartan 30 before two penalties put them in a fourth-and-long and they turned the ball over on downs.
On the Spartans' first play from scrimmage they would score on a 70-yard TD run. The 2-point play failed, making the score 12-0 with 3:55 left in the second quarter.
The Bucs again marched down the field, only to fumble the ball away at the Spartan 3 yard line with only 45 seconds left in the first half.
The Bucs received the second-half kickoff and went on a 15-play drive ending in a 1-yard TD run by Tripp Harper.
Dakota Reese added the 2-point conversion to make the score 12-8 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter. The Spartans, however, responded and got the final score of the night two plays later on a 58-yard TD run with 7:47 left in the fourth. They added the 2-point conversion to make the final score 20-8.
The Bucs' record is now 7-1 and they will close out their season tonight at Gatewood Academy.