The inaugural game at Mary D. Bradford Stadium last Thursday night between Bradford and Indian Trail came down to a final few frantic seconds before the Hawks prevailed 41-38. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )
RACINE — The Bradford football team scored on the final play of the third quarter to take a nine-point lead at Racine Horlick on Friday night, but the Red Devils managed just 6 yards in the final quarter and suffered a 31-30 loss.
“We missed some things,” Bradford coach Matt Rizzo said. “We missed some throws and they had some timely things happen. It was one of those things where we had some opportunities and we just didn’t come through with it.”
Last week, Bradford’s offense resembled a locomotive charging full steam ahead as it totaled 361 yards and five of the team’s six touchdowns in a one-point upset/comeback victory over (then-) seventh-ranked Oak Creek.
On Friday night against Southeast Conference rival Franklin, however, the Red Devils’ offense mostly ran off the tracks.
There were plenty of accolades to go around after Wilmot’s 64-7 thumping of visiting Cudahy on Friday.
Included in the praise was the work of the Panthers’ talented underclassmen who have helped their team post a 2-0 record in a pair of non-conference contests heading into Friday’s Southern Lakes Conference opener with defending co-champion Waterford.
The Bradford graduate will go down in history as the first player ever to score a touchdown in U.S. Bank Stadium, which debuted Sunday with a preseason game in which the host Minnesota Vikings defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-10 in Minneapolis.
The Wilmot football team’s streak of success in season openers continued Friday night at Jaskwhich Stadium, while the opposite trend continued for Bradford.
Robert Brent’s 10-yard run with 1 minute, 10 seconds left carried Wilmot to a 21-14 victory — its fourth consecutive win on opening night, while Bradford lost its opener for the fifth consecutive season.