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Josh, Lacey and Jakob Costner, along with Jakob's sister, Libby Powell, accepts a check from Barbara and Brian King following last week's Brad King Bowl contest. Photo by Kortnie Curry

Originally published: 2012-10-04 12:51:13
Last modified: 2012-10-04 12:51:13

Costners, Panthers big winners at Brad King Bowl

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Panthers pride was in full effect last week as Avery Middle School defeated Cranberry Middle School 36-0 to claim victory in the 30th annual Brad King Bowl football contest.
The game, an annual event to raise funds for an individual or family with medical and/or financial need in the local area, benefited Jakob Costner, son of Josh and Lacey Costner, who was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, an incurable illness. The Costners were on hand following the conclusion of the game to receive a check in the amount of $2,555 from Barbara King, mother of the late Brad King, who began the community assistance following the death of her son in 1983.
The game itself was decided early. AMS got on the board first when D.C. Braswell returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for an Avery touchdown. The two-point conversion run by Charity Ollis gave the Panthers an 8-0 lead.
After shutting down the Wildcats on offense, AMS struck again on a 37-yard touchdown run by Christian Hicks. A Brett Smith two-point conversion run put the Panthers up 16-0 after one period.
The teams traded possessions for the opening portion of the second quarter before AMS put together a five-play, 28-yard scoring drive, as Hicks scored from four yards out for his second touchdown of the half, further padding Avery's advantage to 22-0 with 3:12 remaining before halftime.
Following a turnover, the Panthers added another touchdown, a one-yard run from Ollis, to pull ahead by a 28-0 margin.
Late in the half, the Wildcats mounted its best drive of the game, moving the football into the Avery red zone. On the final play of the half, wide receiver Dustin Eudy hauled in a pass from Porter Cook, but was stopped inside the one-yard line and short of the goal line to prevent a CMS score.
Late in the third period Ollis scored her second touchdown as she scampered 23 yards to pay dirt. A Matt Blackwell two-point conversion run closed the scoring in the game.
Most Valuable Players for the game were Hicks from AMS and wide receiver Jonathan Reynolds from Cranberry, who led his team in receptions for the contest.
AMS improved to 2-4 and played in the semifinals of the Toe River Conference Football Tournament earlier this week.

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