For three quarters last Friday night, the Biggs Wolverines dominated host Hamilton in the two schools 2018 season opener in Hamilton City.
Unfortunately, there are four quarters in football, and the Braves were able to rally in the fourth quarter to escape with a 28-24 win on a cool late-summer night in northern California.
Despite the disappointing loss - a bitter pill to swallow, indeed, for Biggs - it was quite a turnaround from the 62-24 thrashing the Braves administered to the Wolverines in Biggs last season.
The late loss spoiled an excellent performance by a retooled Biggs offense that relied much more on the air attack instead of third-year coach Tyler Rutledge’s Wing-T rushing attack.
Senior quarterback Tucker Bennett had a career night in his first game back from offseason shoulder surgery, completing 19-of-28 passes for 342 yards and three TDs with just one interception.
Senior receiver Nate Williams established himself as a name to watch out for with four catches for 146 years and a TD.
The Wolverines have another tough test next week when they travel to Kelseyville for another contest against a bigger school.
Williams 42, Live Oak 21
At Williams, the upstart Lions were able to hang with the Yellowjackets for much of the first half, but Williams used three turnovers to score 23 points the final two minutes before intermission to put its stamp on the contest heading into the locker room.
The Lions (0-1) will try again for their first win of 2018 when they travel to University Prep next Friday night.