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First-half offense, second-half defense buoy Braves | USA Today High School Sports

For the first half of their matchup against the Silver Creek Dragons on Friday night, the Brownstown Braves ran like a well-oiled machine.

With the number of moving parts they have running in the backfield, it’s an apt way to describe the Braves’ wing-T offense.

“We play five different backs at any given time,” Brownstown head coach Reed May said. “Our quarterback runs the ball just as much as anyone else out there.”

Quarterback Kyle Kramer was successful on all fronts, rushing for 55 yards and passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 11 attempts. He completed five passes of over 20 yards, including a 46-yard bomb to Ryan Benter in the first quarter.

Gavin Bane led the way for the Braves on the ground Friday, rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

This has been a breakout year for Bane, who has had multiple games this year with two or more touchdowns. “He’s a great athlete,” May  said. “He didn’t get a lot of playing time last year because we had 21 seniors, but he’s been a really pleasant surprise so far for us.”

Spirits were high after the win, so May also added a little bit of playful criticism. “He could always stand to block a little bit better,” May said with a smile, “but he’s been playing well for us this year.”

The balanced offense of the Brownstown team equaled a successful defense against the Dragons.

“We really try to spread the wealth on offense so we can rest guys to play on defense,” May said.

The Braves relied on their defense for most of the second half. Unfortunately for Silver Creek, the Dragons struggled to gain any momentum, despite forcing a fumble and two turnovers on downs. Silver Creek managed to put up just six points in the second half.

“Our defense played really well during the first four games, but struggled the past few,” May said. “We’re starting to get back on track now. Silver Creek has a lot of good backs and a good scheme, so this is a good win for us.”

With the playoffs just around the corner, the Braves are bouncing back at just the right time.

“Hopefully we can build on this and keep getting better,” May said.

Next week, the Brownstown Braves take on Corydon Central at home while the Silver Creek Dragons face Scottsburg.

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