POSEN-The Posen football team played at home for the first time since August and the Vikings homecoming game against Brimley on Friday seemed like a sure thing at the half. Posen had played smoothly and successfully and led 28-22.
But the Bays rallied for a comeback in the second half and came away with a 56-48 win at Posen High School.
Posen is now 2-6 and according to head coach Wayne Karsten, they are no longer in playoff contention.
Karsten wasn't pleased with his team's play.
"For a home coming game, we played with little fire and little emotion," he said.
The first half of the game showed a Posen team that was firmly in control of the game. A fumble recovery by Posen at six minutes in the first quarter stopped Brimley's opening drive.
After two short runs by Nick Hincka, quarterback Brandon Dietz ran 80 yards for the first Posen touchdown. Dietz also ran the two point conversion in to give Posen an early 8-0 lead.
Hincka ended the night with 146 yards on 31 carries and one touchdown. Dietz had a total of 14 carries for 144 yards and was 5-of-10 passing for 118 yards.
Posen converted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and got the ball back. Unfortunately, their drive ended early and Brimley capitalized with a touchdown pass to Brandon Carrick.
The rest of the first half was a back-and-forth scoring battle that Posen consistently won. Brimley preferred kicking field goals to conversions and as Posen continued to fail at two those, Brimley caught up to the Vikings.
This became especially poignant after Posen went up 22-14 with 3:18 to go in the half on Hincka's lone touchdown of the game. Dietz had already ran in two scores of his own and scored on a conversion. Brimley then returned the kickoff 80 yards to score its third touchdown of the game and added a conversion to tie the game, 22-22.
Posen got the ball back with 3:04 left on the clock and drove down the field on the back of Hincka. Dietz ran in a one-yard touchdown with eight seconds in the half to go up 28-22.
The Vikings quickly scored in the second half on a series of Hincka and Dietz runs. Dietz scored again off a one-yard touchdown. Brimley drove down the field and scored off a quarterback sneak. These scores quickly brought the game to 34-29.
Each team added another score with Posen's coming on a 40-run by Lucas Litwinski to put Posen ahead 40-35.
After that, Posen ran into trouble. After a fake by Travis Sharpe to Matthew Wisniewski that gained 25 yards, Posen fumbled and Brimley recovered.
Brimley began the fourth quarter with a drive that culminated in a double reverse and a touchdown by Carrick. The extra point put Brimley ahead for the first time 41-40.
Posen ran four quick plays and had a punt blocked that put Brimley within striking distance and the Bays capitalized three plays later with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Carrick. The successful conversion put them at 49-40.
The next Posen possession ended with two consecutive sacks and a fumble recovery by Brimley. Another touchdown pass to Carrick at 2:20 and an extra point put the game at 56-40.
Posen then pulled together an excellent touchdown drive that saw Litwinski scoring again on a 15-yard pass. Dietz added the conversion to bring the game 56-48.
A failed onside kick and two knees later, a game that had seemed like a sure thing for a strong and hard hitting Posen team went to Brimley.
Karsten re-emphasized the lack of emotion on his team.
"Football is an emotional game and it's won by the most emotional dedicated team. We came with no emotion and we lost," Karsten said.
Posen ends its season next week at home against Owendale-Gagetown.