MCLOUD – The McLoud Redskins relied heavily on their defense as they defeated the Little Axe Indians 23-14 in their homecoming game.

Little Axe was the first to put points on the board as Caden Guthary scored on a 44 yard run. With just a few seconds left on the first half clock, the Redskins brought the game to a 6-6 tie when quarterback Braxton Hall found Sylas Bowen in the endzone for a 14-yard touchdown pass.

With the game tied at halftime, Head Coach Rusty Hall said he told his team to remain calm and stay focused on executing their game plan.

“I felt like we caught bad breaks early,” Hall said. “We started pushing the ball and the center broke his chin strap so we had to put somebody else in so there were a couple bad breaks.that killed our drive.”

In the third. Redskin's kicker Tanner Jordan gave his team the lead when he made a 23-yard field goal.

Later in the quarter, Redskin's running back Damien Dye scored on a 20-yard run. On the night Dye finished with 22 carries for 178 yards and a touchdown.

The Redskin's defense only allowed 8 second half points.

“The defense played well all night,” Hall said. “They gave up a couple big plays on third and long but at the end of the game we came up with the ball.”

With the game close, Bowen had a key interception returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the homecoming victory for McLoud.

“I actually got beat a little bit on the play,” Bowen said. “I was behind him, and I went to tackle him and closed my hands on top of the ball. It stopped me for a second. I stood still and then I realized what I was doing and took off and scored.”

On offense, Bowen led the team with two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Next week McLoud (4-2, 1-1) will host Jones (6-0, 2-0) with a kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.