JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – After falling to Locust Fork last week, the Holly Pond Broncos hit the road Thursday night for another regional matchup, this time against the Raiders of Pleasant Valley. The Broncos trailed by just two going into the locker room at halftime, but the Raiders dominated the second half to pull away and pick up a 48-19 win over Holly Pond.
The Broncos picked up big chunks on the ground to move the chains on their opening drive and a Sawyer Olinger touchdown run from about 10 yards out gave Holly Pond a 7-0 lead early in the opening quarter. The Broncos maintained their lead going into the second but a 9-yard scoring run from Pleasant Valley tied the game at 7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Olinger responded for Holly Pond, breaking free for a 26-yard touchdown to put the Broncos back in front 13-7 with six minutes left in the second quarter. The Raiders punched right back, scoring on a 42-yard touchdown pass and knocking through the extra point to take a 14-13 lead. Another score from Pleasant Valley extended the Raiders’ lead to 21-13 with less than a minute to play in the opening half but the Broncos had one more trick up their sleeves before halftime. With just 50 seconds on the clock, Holly Pond drove down the field and scored on the final play of the second quarter when Kollin Brown caught a tipped pass from Olinger in the end zone to make it a 21-19 game at the break.
Unfortunately for Bronco fans, Holly Pond had a little more trouble getting points on the board in the second half. Pleasant Valley took control of the game the rest of the way and pulled ahead to lead the Broncos 41-19 by the end of the third quarter and tacked on one more score before the end of the fourth to collect a 48-19 win over Holly Pond.
The Broncos will return home next week for another regional matchup against Southeastern.
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