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In their first home varsity game, Union County was unable to hold on to a two touchdown advantage, falling 32-30 to Biggersville Friday night.
Down 7-6, Union county scored 16 straight to take a 22-7 lead to the half. Biggersville mounted a comeback in he fourth, taking the 25-22 lead with five minutes remaining, and a fumble by UC on their ensuing drive allowed Biggersville to go ahead by 10 points, 32-22. Union County added their final score with 2:36 remaining.
“With two minutes left, we were down by ten, and instead of giving up, I called the same play that we turned the ball over on and we scored on it,” UC Head Coach Scott Duley said. “If we had executed that play the first time, the outcome could have been different, so I’m very proud of them.”
Duley noted the improvements throughout his team after falling in the season opener at Hatley last month.
“The improvement from the first week to this week is just incredible, and the offensive line especially improved,” he said. “I’m looking forward to great things throughout the year. The biggest thing is that our young men have worked so hard, and we don’t want them to hang their heads after starting 0-2, so it’s going to be my job and our staff’s job to make sure that we’re very positive with them and that they did a tremendous job tonight.”
Working on endurance and playing a complete game is the next step for Duley with his young squad.
“We were up two touchdowns after the first half, and we’re still learning. Tonight we learned how to play hard in the second half. Took us a while, and I feel we made the best calls as a staff and they executed it to the best of their ability, but we still have to learn how to execute when we’re tired,” he said. “Obviously, both teams are tired in the fourth quarter, but the team that executes the best at that time is the one that is going to win.”
A large crowd gathered at the New Albany Sportsplex, as this was the first time the team hosted a varsity game, and Duley was proud of the support of the community.
“Great atmosphere,” he said. “We had a lot of people come out, and our Union County fans are learning a lot and they cheered a lot. Fan support was tremendous, so a great job by our fans, administrators, and I’m looking forward to more games this year.”
Union County will next travel to Mantachie on Sept. 9.