Boys Varsity Football · Braves Hold Off Culver Comeback 21-14

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With four minutes to play in their annual rivalry game with Culver Academies, Brebeuf led 21-0, the backups were playing, and fans were looking at their smartphones.
Forty-five seconds later, it was 21-14 and the fate of the traveling Dr. Wilkins/Father O’Brien Trophy was in doubt.
Eagles QB Ryan Tompos accounted for two TDs on consecutive plays, a 55-yd run and a 34-yd pass to Jack Gray, sandwiched around a successful Culver onsides kick, to raise the Eagles’ hopes and Brebeuf coach Mic Roessler’s blood pressure.
But Gabe Wright, Brebeuf’s do-everything swiss army knife, drilled a 41-yard punt with 10 seconds remaining to pin Culver at their 4-yard line and Tompos’ Hail Mary was intercepted by Sam Neier to end the game.
Prior to Culver’s two-play scoring explosion in the fourth quarter, Brebeuf’s defense had held the Eagles to four first downs and 40 yards of total offense. The Braves had eleven tackles for loss and six sacks, led by Sam Neier and Jayden Childers with two each.
Caleb Ellison threw three first-half touchdowns to Brendan Petrie, Jeremiah Jackson and Gabe Wright, who also had a first-half punt-return TD called back for holding.
Iowa recruits (and #44 twins) Jay Higgins and Culver’s Deontae Craig led their teams in tackles with 10 and 9 respectively.
Roessler’s 3A #7 Braves improve to 4-1 ahead of next week’s trip to Circle City Conference foe Roncalli.