Football: Sting make homecoming exciting but rally falls short against Brooklyn Center 20-14

Shane Herrlin of the Sting loses the ball  while tackled in the first half. xxx (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Spectrum’s Shane Herrlin (22), who rushed for 97 yards in the game, lost the ball while tackled by two Brooklyn Center players. Other Sting players are Elliott Uecker (67), Ben Maki (12) and Joey Chafflin (5o). (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Spectrum Sting appeared headed for a lopsided loss but made a good game of it as they fell to Brooklyn Center 20-14 at homecoming Friday afternoon.

“There was no ‘quit’ in the guys today. I’m glad we didn’t quit,” said Sting coach Seth Mills.

Brooklyn Center (1-3) led 20-0 at halftime on three touchdown passes and by the Centaurs were pushing Spectrum around at the line of scrimmage.

But the Sting regrouped, blanked the visitors in the second half, and pulled within a touchdown. Thomas Ogren scored on a 37-yard run in the third quarter and Ben Maki bootlegged nine yards in the fourth quarter, with Esteban Teigen kicking two extra  points.

Ben Maki, Sting quarterback, picks up a few yards around end, pursued by Brooklyn Center's xxxx. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Ben Maki, Sting quarterback, picks up a few yards around end, pursued by Brooklyn Center’s Jahvontae Blackmon and Tyler Joles (56). (Photo by Bruce Strand)


“We gave up three big plays in the first half and were down 20-0 even though they had only 14 play and we had 36,” said Mills. “In the second half, our cornerbacks got better and we were bringing more pressure on their quarterback.”

Maki scored with six minutes left, but the Sting didn’t get the ball back as the Centaurs picked up a couple first downs by breaking tackles and ran out the clock.

BC quarterback Chester Whalley tossed touchdown passes to Tyrell Beasley from 35 yards, Justin Flory from 50 and Rashawn Graves from 15, all of them downfield throws to receivers wide open.

The Centaurs also blocked two punts in the first half, the second of them, by Rufus Mendin, setting up the final touchdown.

Shane Herrlin carried 27 times for 97 yards for Spectrum and Maki added 66 in 11 attempts.

Spectrum (1-4) has an open date next week and will return to action Oct. 4 hosting Breck.

Brooklyn Center …. 6   14   0   0 —  20
Spectrum …………. 0     0   7   7 — 14

BC—Tyrell Beasley 35 pass from Chester Whalley (kick failed)
BC—Justin Flory 50 pass from Whalley (kick, name not available)
BC—Rashawn Graves 15 pass from Whalley (kick, name not available)
Spc—Thomas Ogren 37 run (Esteban Teigen kick)
Spc—Ben Maki 9 run (Teigen kick)