GAME CHANGER: East Ridge running back C.J. Branham scored with 12 seconds left in the game to rally the Warriors to a 23-20 win over Betsy Layne on Sept. 29.
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Warriors score late, stun Cats: Branham's TD with seconds left spoils homecoming

Teddy Paynter

STANVILLE — East Ridge running back C.J. Branham scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left to play to lift the Warriors to a heart-stopping 23-20 win over Betsy Layne on homecoming night at Bobcat Stadium on Sept. 29.


The Bobcats, now 0-6, had taken a 20-15 lead when quarterback Bradley Woods hit Grant Orsborn with a 66-yard catch and run play with 7:36 remaining in the game.


The loss marked the fourth time this season Betsy Layne had lost by a touchdown or less.


Betsy Layne opened the scoring in the first period on Woods' 84-yard run after taking a pitch with 3:44 to play making it 6-0.


The Warriors, now 3-3, took their first lead on running back Chase Caudill's six-yard run with 11:06 remaining in the first half. Mickey Thompson's PAT kick made it 7-6.


BL running back Morris Adkins ran 29 yards for a touchdown with 5:21 to go in the third quarter to give the Bobcats a 14-7 advantage. Orsborn ran in the conversion.


Thompson's one-yard run with 9:02 to play in the game put East Ridge back on top at 15-14. Thompson, who rushed 27 times for 128 yards, added the conversion run.


Branham finished with 108 yards on 23 carries.


Woods rushed 12 times for 143 yards and passed for 143 yards in the loss. Orsborn hauled in three passes for 89 yards.


Both teams are back in action tonight as the Warriors travel to Twin Valley, Va. (2-4) and Betsy Layne goes to Leslie County (3-4).




At Stanville




ER (3-3)…..........................0 7 0 16 – 23


BL (0-6)…..........................6 0 8 6 – 20




First Quarter


BL – Bradley Woods, 84-yard run (run failed), 3:44


Second Quarter


ER – Chase Caudill, 6-yard run (Mickey Thompson kick), 11:06


Third Quarter


BL – Morris Adkins, 29-yard run (Grant Orsborn run), 5:21


Fourth Quarter


ER – Mickey Thompson, 1-yard run (Mickey Thompson run), 9:02


BL – Grant Orsborn, 66-yard pass from Bradley Woods (pass failed), 7:36


ER – C.J. Branham, 2-yard run (C.J. Branham run), :12


Next up: East Ridge (3-3) vs. Twin Valley, Va. (2-4); Betsy Layne (0-6) at Leslie County (3-4), Oct. 6.