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The Floyd Central Highlanders had a chance to win the game with two seconds left in the game.
They had the ball and threw a pass towards the end zone, but the pass fell incomplete and Floyd fell to home standing Bedford-North Lawrence 36-32 in the semifinals of Class 5A Sectional 8 Friday night.
Floyd Central had started their last drive of the game with a little over a minute left, and an apparent 63 yard touchdown by Bramble was nullified by a blocking penalty.


After two incomplete passes, the final pass by the Highlanders was intercepted by the Stars’ Ben Manzenberger in the end zone.
Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing thought that a lot of it was being able to convert on fourth down too much.
“Defensively, we gave up too many fourth down conversions,” said Glesing.
Glesing said his team needed to force punts, and he thought his Highlanders kept the offense on the filed too long. “We didn’t do that; that was a key to the game,” he added.
This all transpired, despite five touchdowns from senior highlander running back Kyle Bramble, who has been a scoring machine all season long.
“That’s Kyle Bramble,” said Glesing of his senior. “I don’t know how many yards he had; he had a lot.”
Glesing was proud of the senior class from this year’s edition of the Highlanders. “This was the winningest senior class of all time at Floyd Central High School. They were talented, worked hard, and they’re going to be tough to replace.”
The 1st quarter set the tone of the game, and ended up being a harbinger of the final outcome of the contest.
The Stars scored twice in the opening quarter, at 6:50 and with just 43 seconds left.
The Highlanders scored their first and only touchdown of the 1st quarter, when Bramble ran in from 10 yards out at the 2:11 mark.
Floyd built up a slim 19-14 lead in the 2nd quarter with a pair of touchdowns, though the extra point attempts failed in both cases.
Both touchdowns were from Bramble. He scored from 7 yards out (8:02). And then ran in one from 36 yards out 1:15) to give his team the slim 5 point lead at the half.
The Highlanders scored again in the 3rd period (8:10), but the conversion run attempt failed.
After the Stars scored almost three minutes later, the highlanders ended up stopping them from scoring again within the last minute in the quarter, and took over on downs.
After the Stars went up 29-25 with just under six minutes left in the game, the Highlanders got an electrifying 65 yard touchdown run from Bramble with 4:53 left. That put Floyd up 32-29, but Bedford scored once more for the final score.
The highlanders gained a total of 425 yards, but the Stars had 503 in the game. Bedford had 22 first downs to 21 for the Highlanders, who ended the season at 9-2.