The Carlisle Junior Bison gave a good showing for themselves in a 61-22 loss to Pulaski Academy last week at Rector Field in the season opener.
After falling behind 8-0, the Junior Bison tied the score at 8-8 on a 4-yard run by Devon Kendrick with 2:20 left in the first quarter. Ty Golleher added the two-point conversion.
The Junior Bruins pushed their lead to 30-8 in the second quarter before Tristan Seidenschwarz threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick. Golleher added the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 30-16.
Pulaski Academy scored another touchdown in the second quarter to lead 38-16 at halftime.
Carlisle’s final touchdown came on an 11-yard run by Golleher in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion failed.
Golleher led the Junior Bison with 102 yards rushing on 14 carries. Kendrick had 96 yards on 14 carries.
“The score is not really indicative of the improvement we’ve made,” Carlisle coach Brandon Barbaree said. “We were able to control the tempo in the first quarter. They scored then we had a long, time consuming drive. They come back and score then the onside kick fest starts. And we just couldn’t get the ball back.”
Barbaree said his team was able to move the ball offensively the entire game.
“It’s a very positive note from where we were this time last year,” he said. “Defensively, we moved better. We ran into a team with a lot of speed and a lot of experience. But I thought we competed really well.”
The Junior Bison host McGehee on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.