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Bray-Doyle, fielding only 13 players, received strong performances from its four seniors in a 34-0 loss against Marlow’s junior varsity on Monday.
Explosive plays on offense broke open the game for the visiting Outlaws. They had seven plays that went for more than 20 yards. Each was like a dagger to the Donkey defense, which put together a strong performance late to shut out the Outlaws in the second half.
Senior Sam Henderson led the way for the home team as he was constantly in the backfield. Henderson, who had previously played at Lindsey, was honored before the game for senior night along with Greg Perez, Rodney Hall and Cody Matthews.
“I played with all my heart, because I knew it was going to be my last game,” Henderson said after the game. “You hit them everytime. You show how you play on the field — when you tackle and when you run the ball — how hard you go. There’s nothing you can’t explain in the last game of your life.”
Bray-Doyle coach Lee Bluejacket couldn’t help but marvel at all his seniors’ play in the loss. He spent his postgame talk pointing out the future for Bray-Doyle is bright because of the seniors who finished out the season, despite the dark forest they had to go through.
His line that all the seniors were welcome back on the sideline at any time in the future drew some chuckles, but his message was clear.
“These kids know so much more that we’re just going to build on that throughout the spring, throughout the summer program, get more involved in camps and in the weight room,” Bluejacket said. “People will see. This Bray-Doyle is not the same old Bray-Doyle. We will be better.”
For Marlow, the running backs stole the show. Senior Michael McGrew, who rushed for a touchdown in the second half of Friday’s 55-0 win against Bridge Creek, ran for 80 yards and a score. Freshman Jordan Smith proved to be a lightning bolt out of the backfield, picking up most of his 108 yards on a 76-yard run in the second quarter.
Coach Rob Renshaw expressed his joy with them seizing the opportunity.
“It’s great for these guys to get to play,” Renshaw said. “That’s the key thing is we got to compete and go against somebody that’s not our varsity.”