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MTZ football improves to 3-1with win over Taylorville

Chiren Petty carries the ball on a rush in a 21-6 win against Lincoln at Lincoln.

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion football team defeated Taylorville 21-6 in Apollo conference football. Makobi Adans threw two touchdown passes, completed 20 of 23 passes and threw for 119 passing yards.

The Braves came into the Taylorville game after a 49-14 loss against Mahomet-Seymour and Head Coach Patrick Etherton hadn’t won in Taylorville as the Braves’ head coach.

“The big thing was that we had never won against Taylorville since I’ve been here. So I’ve been here seven years, we’ve never won down here,” Coach Etherton said. “It’s something we had to get over and have to get over just as different down here traveling the way it is and everything. It was good to get over that. Their kids played hard and tough. For us, we just have to figure out how to finish a game and come out the second half playing like we did in the first half. Especially offensively, where we figure out what we did in the first half, what we didn’t do in the second half and how we fix it.”

The Braves’ offense came down the field on their first drive and capitalized on their first possession. In the red zone, Adams threw a five-yard pass to Jacob Harvey. Brayden Traxler nailed the extra-point to give the Braves a 7-0 lead.

The Braves’ defense started their containment on the Tornadoes’ offense. The Tornadoes’ only converted on two third down conversions and one fourth down conversion the entire game. Tornadoes’ quarterback Baron Odom threw for 104 yards and leading rusher Seth Hughes ran for 68 yards.

Later in the first quarter, Adams matched the Braves down to the endzone. Adams then threw an eight-yard pass that was tipped into the hands of Brayden Trimble for a touchdown. Traxler nailed the extra point to give the Braves a 14-0 lead.

The Braves scored their final touchdown of the game late in the second quarter. Bryson Richardson got the ball, broke a couple tackles on his way to a 26-yard rushing touchdown. Tracker nailed the extra point to give the Braves a 21-0 lead.

The Braves’ defense for nearly 46 minutes kept the Tornadoes off the scoreboard. Idk came down the field and then finished his final drive of the night with a three-yard rushing touchdown. The Braves went on to win 21-6.

The Braves improve to 3-1 overall and 2–1 in Apollo conference play. The Braves will face Lincoln in the homecoming game on Friday and kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“It’s (homecoming) is just another game for us,” Coach Etherton said. “It’s great for everybody and the fans, but to us it’s another game and an opportunity to get better.”

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