Cross County defense shuts down BDS, advances to quarterfinals Wednesday
BRUNING - No. 2 BDS (9-1) had been in this position before. Last week, in fact.
The Eagles fell behind at halftime. At home In a playoff game. BDS was behind 14-6 at halftime against Guardian Angels in Shickley last Thursday, but turned things around for a 42-20 victory.
This time, BDS' offense never woke up. No. 7 Cross County (6-4) held the Eagles scoreless over the final three quarters and racked up over 300 rushing yards in a 20-6 win in Bruning on Wednesday night.
Not only is it Cross County's first ever win against the BDS cooperative in football, but the Cougars are on to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
After each team went scoreless on their opening drive, BDS pieced together a six-play, 48-yard drive that was capped off by a 23-yard touchdown reception by Isaac Else.
BDS missed on the two-point try, but the Eagles led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Cross County began their third possession at their own 11-yard line with 11:01 left in the second quarter. It took them just five plays to score.
Sophomore Carter Seim found the end zone on a 46-yard touchdown, and the ensuing two-point conversion gave the Cougars an 8-6 lead, which they would take into the locker room.
Cross County got the ball to start the second half, but their first drive of the third quarter came up empty when senior quarterback Cael Lundstrom threw an interception in the end zone.
BDS started at their own 15-yard line, but punted it back to Cross County just five plays later.
The Cougars took back over at their own 17, and got another touchdown in just three plays. Junior Isaac Noyd slipped a couple of tackles, and took off down the field for a 60-yard touchdown to put Cross County ahead 14-6 with 4:09 to go in the third.
Noyd finished with 19 carries for 140 yards and a score.
BDS held the ball three more times after Noyd's touchdown, but could not sustain a drive. In fact, the Eagles went scoreless in their final six drives of the game.
This allowed Cross County to ice the game with a 43-yard touchdown run by Carter Seim with 5:41 to play, putting the Cougars ahead 20-6.
Seim led Cross County with 20 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars finished with 346 yards of offense - all in the ground game.
BDS got the ball for the final time with 5:37 remaining, but turned it over on downs in just four plays.
The Eagles finished with 243 yards of total offense, but went just 2-of-11 on third down and 3-of-7 on fourth.
Junior quarterback Dalton Quinones led the way on offense, carrying the ball 18 times for 60 yards. He also completed 5-of-13 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Wednesday's game tied for the lowest scoring output by BDS in 10 years as a cooperative. The last time the Eagles were held to 10 points was a 46-6 loss to Giltner on Aug. 31, 2012.
Cross County will now face No. 11 Tri County (7-3) on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Class D1 quarterfinals. Tri County thrashed No. 3 Elmwood-Murdock, 68-8, on Wednesday night in DeWitt.
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