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Bear Hug Brawl ‘fit to be tied’

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5th annual jayvee junior jamboree

By Eric Rowell

The fifth annual Bear Hug Brawl was a tight defensive battle Saturday afternoon at Buford High’s Jacket Stadium.
The junior varsity football jamboree, featuring all four county schools, saw only one game produce points.
The Brawl’s final clash saw the host Buford Junior Jackets and Andrew Jackson battle to an 8-all tie at the wire.
The Junior Jackets tallied on a 70-yard drive, with quarterback Webber Moore scoring on a nine-yard run.
On the conversion, Ja’Tavis Crockett tallied for an 8-0 BHS lead on the Junior Volunteers.
Andrew Jackson rallied to make it interesting at the end.
Junior Vols’ quarterback Chas DeBruhl, on a fourth-down play, tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Burgess as the time wound down.
AJ’s Tyson Miller scored on the two-point conversion for the 8-all stalemate.
Buford and Lancaster opened Brawl play with a scoreless draw.
Junior Bruins’ running back Asonta Clark dashed 45 yards for an apparent score, but the play was nullified by a penalty.
Buford’s defensive effort was paced by Quan Knotts, who had an interception.
Indian Land and Andrew Jackson battled to a 0-0 stalemate.
Indian Land’s Destin Clark had two carries for 35 yards to lead the Junior Warriors, but left the game with an ankle injury.
DeBruhl, at quarterback, led AJ with 37 yards passing to Nick Burgess.
Indian Land’s Jacob Wiltsie had a sack to pace the Junior Warriors’ defense.
Lancaster and Indian Land battled to a scoreless draw.
Junior Bruins’ quarterback Ryan Knight hit Zack Truesdale with two passes for 38 yards. Truesdale had a 25-yard catch to the Indian Land 10 to set up a first-and-goal, but the determined Junior Warriors held on downs at the IL four-yard line.
Buford High School varsity head football coach Tripp Watts lauded the overall effort.
“We had a lot of good defense out there,” Watts said. “This was a good event and it gave these players a chance to be in the spotlight. These players got in some good work today to help them work out any kinks before they open their seasons.”
The Indian Land High junior varsity cheer team had a little extra to cheer about as the IL cheer squad won the annual Spirit Tree for its attitude, spirit and energy during the jamboree.
“All the cheer teams did well,” said Lisa Muennich, Seth Muennich’s mother and event coordinator. “The IL team displayed energy, spirit and attitude.”
The Bear Hug Brawl, sponsored by Seth’s Giving Tree – the Seth Muennich Foundation, is played in memory of the late Seth Muennich, who played junior varsity football at BHS. Muennich died in a 2011 car accident near Buford Middle School.
The Bear Hug Brawl’s name comes from the physical embraces Seth Muennich was known for among family, friends and on the football field.

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