The Carlisle Junior Bison gave a valiant effort against McGehee last week at Fred C. Hardke Field but the Junior Owls rallied from a 14-0 deficit to win 28-22.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Junior Bison took a 6-0 lead on an 8-yard run by Ty Golleher with 6:38 left in the first half. The two-point conversion failed.
Carlisle pushed its lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard run by Tristan Seidenschwarz with 1:12 left in the half. Devon Kendrick added the two-point conversion.
McGehee got on the board just before halftime on a 14-yard run with 16 seconds left as Carlisle led 14-6 at intermission.
The Junior Owls tied the game at 14-14 early in the second half on a 64-yard run and a two-point conversion with 7:40 left in the third quarter.
Carlisle regained the lead at 22-14 on a 1-yard run by Seidenschwarz with 2:36 left. Kendrick added the two-point conversion.
McGehee pulled to within two at 22-20 with 6:10 left on a 22-yard run.
After a Junior Bison fumble less with than five minutes remaining, McGehee took advantage with a 9-yard touchdown run to take a 28-22.
Carlisle coach Brandon Barbaree said his team played hard in the game.
“It’s one of the best games we’ve played in the last two years,” Barbaree said. “They never quit. We had that one turnover in the fourth quarter that really broke our back when we had the lead and were driving.
“We just couldn’t find that way to win. That’s what we’re fighting right now — finding ways to win.”
Barbaree said his team is maturing.
“That instinct to finish games — that is something we’re working on as we speak,” he said. “I think we’re improving every week and hopefully they will be able to see it this year.”
Kendrick led the Junior Bison with 83 yards rushing on 13 carries. Golleher had 67 yards on 16 carries.
The Junior Bison will host England tonight at Fred C. Hardke Field in the 2A-6 conference opener. Game time is 7 o’clock.