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  1. CIC Sectional Round 1

    Blackford lead 21-0 at halftime and seemed to be playing as good as they had all year. In the 2nd half the Bruins fumbled 3 or 4 times losing them all. Northwestern kicked on sides after each of their last 3 touchdowns and recovered each time. NW scored to make it 28-27 with just under 2 minutes left in the game. They went for 2 and failed to complete on their pass attempt. They recovered the onside kick, but Blackford intercepted on a long pass play and were able to go to a knee to run out the clock and hold onto the win.
  2. CIC Sectional Round 1

    Fballfan15 thanks for info on Northwestern. We will defiantly have to play better run defense against their good back and play much better against their passing game. Unfortunately, our pass offense is not very good so we probably won't be able to exploit there weakness against the pass. Hopefully it will be a lot like our games vs. Frankton, Alex and Elwood. These were a lot of fun to watch. Fballfan15 I see you are from Tipton. I sure miss the great football competion between the Bruins and the Blue Devils back in the 1970's and 80's.
  3. CIC Sectional Round 1

    The tie at the top will be broken this week. I'm not real comfortable with my picks, but here we go: Elwood --- I was too impressed with Elwood's speed and backfield leadership vs. my Bruins to go against them this week. Mississnewa --- They will get the job done this week, but they need to ramp up their momentum going into the 4A jungle. Blackford --- I wish I knew more about Northwestern, but even though they lost a couple lately my Bruins have earned my vote. Eastbrook --- Another blowout win getting ready for the challenges in weeks ahead. Delphi --- I thought this one was very hard to pick. Frankton --- I can honestly say, "MG" I know you pain. One thing is for sure we will lose a couple of teams and probably more this week, but as always Good Luck to all.
  4. CIC Week 9

    It has been a season that has gained some respect again for Bruin football. The Alex and Elwood loses could have easily went either way and the Mississnewa loss was a blowout. Unfortunately, I'm sure that we are in for another blow out loss vs. Eastbrook. I'm still very proud of these boys and have appreciated their efforts. My Choices for this week: Frankton Eastbrook Elwood Mississnewa
  5. CIC Pick Em Week 8

    Kinda worried about the injury bug this week. It definitely was a factor when we played a Madison-Grant. I'm hearing that some were season ending or maybe back by the sectional. Wilson returned to Elwood and they almost beat Alex. The 3 Mireles brothers have broken the Bruin balloon several times in recent years. Blackford @ Elwood Alexandria @ Eastbrook Frankton @ Mississnewa Madison-Grant @ Oak Hill
  6. CIC Sectional Draws

    The Bruins travel to Northwestern for the 1st time ever. We play a very unfamiliar opponent. We lost to them at home 42-17 in the 2013 sectional. This is the only game I can find between the two schools. it is hard to gauge their abilities by looking at their scores. Good start, but downhill lately. Not a good draw in 2nd round as we would host one of the 3A favorites.
  7. CIC WEEK 7

    Any info on the Alex-Elwood game it was much closer than anticipated? The Blackford-Madison Grant game was 31-8, but in some ways it was much closer than the score indicated. I felt they had a couple of decent running backs. The Bruins have been set back by some injuries to key players. The Blackford at Elwood game maybe real interesting next Friday night.
  8. CIC Pick Em Week 7

    Blackford We have some guys out with injuries, but I expect some guys to step up for our best offensive game of the season. Eastbrook Will be way too much for the Eagles. Alexandria They proved to me last week that they were a decent team. Mississnewa Just too tuff for a weak OH squad.
  9. CIC WEEK 6

    Congrats to Alex. 41-33 final score. Seesaw all night. Neither team could stop the other. The teams traded scores. Blackford failed to score only on a 2nd qt. Alex interception and on their last 2 drives inside the 20 or 30. Stopped themselves with a fumble and our inability to complete a pass with 3rd and 4 on the 14 with about a minute left.
  10. CIC Pick Em Week 6

    Looks like I took advantage of being a Bruin fan to help me get near the top of the leader board. Looking at the early returns from this week that advantage is gone as it looks like the Bruins have gained the confidence of the board members. Blackford ---- I'm going with the Bruins, but have some concern that we stay grounded. Frankton ---- I was really impressed with McQuire. Their coach should have called time out to let him recover after a hard Bruin tackle before the game ending fumble. He probably would have found his way into the end zone. Mississnewa ---- They recover on their 1st possession and never look back. Eastbrook ----- Nobody in the CIC will touch them this year.
  11. CIC Week 5

    Really proud of the Bruins tonight. We were missing one of our best 2 way players whom was injured either Wednesday or Thursday. The Bruins faced adversity all night. Bent but never broke. BHS took the opening kickoff and had a nice drive only to have a TD called back by a holding penalty. Frankton then scores, but the Bruins came back to make it 7-7 at the half. The Bruins stopped Frankton early in the 3rd quarter and had a nice scoring drive to take a 14-7 lead. In the 4th the Eagles scored and went for 2 to take a 15-14 lead. The Bruins were penalized for a personal foul on the TD. Frankton took advantage of the penalty and the Bruins had terrible field position to start what appeared to be a do or die possession. Some great extra effort on offense allowed the Bruins to succeed in around an 80 yard drive to take the lead 20-15 with around 3:00 to play. The last 3 minutes were very exciting. Frankton had moved the ball well on short passes all evening. The Bruin defense tightened up and Frankton was 4th and long for about the 2nd time in the game. QB McQuire scrambled for the long 1st down. As time wound down McQuire took a couple of hard hits that finally took its toll.The Bruins recovered a fumble at around the 10 with less than a minute left, but the official ruled it an incomplete pass. McQuire had a couple of more chances before he was hit very hard down around the 3 yard line and knocked out of bounds with 10 seconds left on the clock. The officials added 4 more seconds. I really think Frankton would have been better off burning their last time out at that point. McQuire looked like he was hurt and needed the time to regroup. Frankton ran the play fumbling an easy handoff inside the 3 and the Bruins dropped on the ball and ran 1 play and went to a knee for the win. McQuire is a very good athlete. The Bruins were not to be denied tonight.
  12. CIC Pick Em Week 5

    My winners .... Eastbrook in the main event Oak Hill Alexandria Blackford
  13. CIC Week 5

    Looks like it will be a great night for football and maybe the best CIC match ups of the season. Elwood, Oak Hill and Madison Grant get a chance to break into the win column with Oak Hill my likely candidate. i just wish the Mississnewa-Eastbrook game was at a different time than the others and at a bigger venue. Too bad it isn't the year that we have Ball State day. I am amazed with the improvement of the Indians in recent years, but Jeff has proven to me that he can produce winners over and over. As for the Bruins is was nice to be driving home listening to the Oak Hill coach say "They were just better than us" in his post game radio interview. I hadn't heard anybody say that about my Bruins for a long time. I am still very suspect of our defense and I know McQuire will be hard to contain both on land and in the air. Our QB switch worked well for the team and both kids involved in the move. I think our offense is a lot more solid and diverse with this change. I know the Frankton/Blackford series has been seesaw affairs with the Bruins holding a 10-9 edge since the Eagles joined the conference. I know this is coming a lot more from my heart than my head, but I'm picking Blackford in a close one.
  14. CIC WEEK 4

    The Bruins survived last weeks Mississnewa game with a bruised pride, but no other injuries that were visible from the stands. They travel to Oak Hill where they have never won a game. The teams have met 11 times since the Golden Eagles joined the conference. The only Bruin win came in the 2nd meeting during the 2007 season by a score of 22-16. Look for the Bruins to make some tweets to the offense this week. It is a better style of play and we have better athletes than our 9 point average shows. We also must eliminate turnovers. Our QB lost the ball dropping the 1st snap of the game last week. The defense continues to be questionable giving up 32 points a game. They must get better! I hope this is coming from the brain instead of the heart. I think the Bruins will still end up in 3rd or 4th place in the conference so I predict a Bruin win by a touchdown or less on the Oak Hill turf. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game Results -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blackford won 34-14. It was only the 2nd win ever over the Golden Eagles. Both wins (I was incorrect above.) were at Oak Hill with the 1st 10 years ago. The conference win was the 1st since the 2014 season. The offense saw some position changes as 10th grader Caleb Mealey moved to QB and former QB moved over to running back. Both had a good night in their new positions. The Bruin defense forced 5 turnovers. Blackford scored 21 1st quarter points and never looked back. The Bruin longsuffering faithful left with smiles on their faces and a lot of appreciation of what they saw on the field tonight.
  15. CIC Pick Em Week 4

    and this weeks winner are: Frankton Blackford Mississnewa Eastbrook