The Brainerd Warriors freshmen football team tied St. Cloud Apollo 28-28 in its final home game of the season Thursday.
Two botched snaps by the Apollo offense enabled the Warriors to recover the second fumble in the end zone for a score. Quarterback Paul Augustinack ran for the 2-point conversion.
In the second quarter, Augustinack connected with tight end Jake Russell for a 14-yard touchdown.
Later in the quarter, running back Chris Veith set up the Warriors with a 43-yard kick return to the Apollo 45. Running back Cole DeRosier finished the drive with a 3-yard touchdown. Isaiah Stewart converted both extra-point attempts.
In the second half the Brainerd defense stiffened behind the play of noseguard Eric Uphoff, holding Apollo on its first drive.
Brainerd capitalized when wide receiver Steven Severson snagged a 26-yard pass from Augustinack to push the Warriors’ lead to 28-20.
Apollo tied the game on a touchdown and 2-point conversion.
“They were a talented team with about seven or eight players who played both ways,” Brainerd coach Mike Boran said of Apollo. “We are never happy coming out of a game without a win, but with the number of kids we had out this game, and the way we had to patch up our defense, we are proud of the way we were able to compete.”
Brainerd 8 14 6 0 — 28
St. Cloud Apollo 6 14 8 0 — 28