Braves win dog-fight against Golden Bears

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

After the Bonner Springs defense did a good job weathering two storms - the remaining system of Hurricane Issac and Turner Golden Bears quarterback Paul Berry - it was Jordan Jackson who made big plays in the fourth quarter.

Bonner Springs defeated Turner 12-7 Friday night on the road, avenging a 35-14 loss last year at home to the Golden Bears.

It was not pretty.

Turner junior quarterback Paul Berry led the Golden Bears to a touchdown on the team's opening drive of the game. Berry capped off a lengthy drive with a nine-yard touchdown run to give Turner a 7-0 lead.

In the beginning, Bonner's offense stuttered, not doing much during a heavy rainstorm and a Turner defense that played well most of the way. Jackson threw an interception early in the second quarter and the Braves rushing attack was stymied early on.

A key turning point in the game came as Berry took a bad hit. He was motionless on the sideline and an ambulance was needed to help Berry off the field.

Once Berry was out, Turner's offense struggled and the Braves stiffened up its rushing defense, led by defensive linemen Kyle Dumler and Tyler Howell.

The offense finally got on the board in the second quarter - Jared Knershield scored from 34 yards out. A missed extra point left the score 7-6.

The game remained 7-6 until Jackson connected with sophomore Thaddeus Glenn on a 51-yard touchdown reception. Glenn caught the pass and did most of the work himself.

After Turner failed to score on the next possession, Jackson earned a key first down that sealed the game.