Despite a promising start, the Station Camp Bison squandered 17 unanswered points to fall to the Rossview Redhawks 17-14 on homecoming.
Mistakes and mental errors plagued the Bison all night, including four turnovers, as well as nine penalties.
Station Camp got on the board first midway through the first quarter. A 35-yard run from De’Evan Barker set up a 1-yard touchdown from Keshon Jackson.
After forcing Rossview to a three-and-out, the Bison offense struck again. Quarterback Blaine Forte kept the ball on an option play and sped through the Redhawks’ defense for a 46-yard touchdown run, giving Station Camp a 14-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
After both teams traded possessions, Rossview tailback Johnathan Coffee broke several tackles en route to a 28-yard touchdown to cut into Station Camp’s lead.
The Redhawks quickly got the ball back, recovering a Forte fumble on Station Camp’s first play of their ensuing drive.
Rossview didn’t hesitate to take advantage of the turnover. After a 20-yard run from Coffee, quarterback Nick Harbor connected with Mikhail Prater for a 6-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14.
“We missed a lot of tackles when we had opportunities to get some stops, “ head coach Shaun Hollingsworth said. “We let them wiggle down there and get back in it. And then we turn the ball over and give it right back to them. You’re not going to win ball games turning the ball over like that.”
The turnovers continued for the Bison on their ensuing possession, as Mikhail Prater intercepted a Forte pass with just minutes remaining in the first half.
The play led to a 46-yard field goal from Zaden Webber that allowed Rossview to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.
The field goal ended up being the game winner for the Redhawks as both teams were shutout in the second half.
Station Camp forced a goal line stand late in the fourth quarter after Landon Rowe recovered a Rossview fumble at the four yard line, giving the Bison an opportunity to retake the lead with under six minutes remaining in the game.
Five plays later however, Rossview intercepted another Forte pass to seal the victory and spoil homecoming night for the Bison.
“We had four turnovers tonight, and that’s really been our M.O.,” Holllingsworth said. “That’s why we’ve been losing some close games or keeping us from being in the game at all. We’ll have to find a way to clearing that up and getting it taken care of.”
Station Camp will look to bounce back next week as they travel to face Hunters Lane on the road.