Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bison fall to Tigers; inadvertent whistle kills momentum

Carlisle's Tyler Sanders [30] appears to take a handoff from quarterback Ty Golleher but Golleher kept it and appeared to score a touchdown but a whistle ended the play. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

CARLISLE — Down 14-0, the Carlisle Bison appeared to have seized some momentum from the Brinkley Tigers but that momentum was taken away by a single whistle.
Brinkley went on to win 34-8 Friday night at Fred C. Hardke Field. The Bison are now 3-5 overall and 3-3 in 2A-6 play.
Carlisle's Ty Golleher had intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned to the Bison 25 midway through the second quarter. On the next play, Golleher appeared to hand the ball to fullback Tyler Sanders, who started the game at center but changed numbers. Golleher pulled the ball back and ran down the right sideline for what appeared to be a 75-yard touchdown run and a one possession game. 
However, an official blew his whistle, thinking that Sanders had the ball and his momentum was stopped. 
The officials had the teams replay first down. However, the Bison were forced to punt on a three-and-out. They were never able to regain any type of momentum. 
The Tigers scored another touchdown late in the first half on a 34-yard run by Accoreia Couch. Brinkley led 22-0 at halftime.
The Bison got on the board when Golleher scored on a 44-yard run with 11:02 left in the third quarter. Sanders scored the two-point conversion.
Brinkley scored two more touchdowns to account for the final score. 
Golleher led the Bison with 49 yards rushing on 6 carries. Sanders had 43 yards on 14 carries. Devon Kendrick had 21 yards on 7 carries.
The Bison can clinch a spot in the Class 2A state playoffs with a win at Clarendon on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Lions are 1-5 in league play. 

Carlisle freshman Jasean Harper rattles a Brinkley player with a jarring hit. 

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