As of late, Braswell has been beating itself. And Bengals coach Cody Moore believes if they can correct their self-inflicted wounds, they will be more competitive.
On Friday night at Denton's Bronco Field, Frisco Reedy handed Braswell its 13th straight loss dating to last season in a 52-15 blowout.
"It's the same story," Moore said. "We just had a lot of mistakes, but the final score was not indicative of what the game really was.
"If we clean up the silly mistakes, we'll be able to make games more competitive."
With 4:39 left in the first half, Reedy only led 10-0. Braswell punted on the next drive and Lions quarterback Josh Foskey marched down field and threw his second of five touchdown passes with 2:28 remaining.
Braswell looked to score before halftime, but penalties backed them up near their own end zone. With 1:32 left in the half, a botched snap on a Bengals punt was kicked into their end zone and Reedy's Cameron Harris fell on it for the touchdown. A 10-point lead quickly extended to a 24-0 halftime lead.
Both teams combined for 17 penalties in the first half, and by the final whistle 23 flags were thrown for a total of 192 yards.
"It seemed like every time we would make a big play there was a holding call or an offensive pass interference or a negative play," Moore said. We couldn't catch a break."
To begin the second half, Braswell scored on its first possession. The scoring drive took seven plays, 59 yards and was capped by a 16-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Greyson Thompson to wide receiver Jaeden Johnson.
Johnson took the screen from the right side of the field, cut back inside and left defenders in the dust for the score. It was Thompson's first touchdown pass of his varsity career.
Thompson completed 13 of his 23 passes for 59 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Palmer Campbell came in at quarterback midway through the third quarter and for some of the fourth as well. He finished his night completing two of his five attempts for 28 yards and an interception.
Defensively the Bengals couldn't have played better. The unit held Reedy running back Justin Gipson, who came into the game averaging 116 yards per contest, to just 97 yards.
"I thought [the defense] played great, especially in the first half," Moore said. "I didn't see much of Gipson tonight."
With the exception of a few miscues in all three phases of the game, the Bengals could wind up in a close game or two this season. It's just a matter of fixing those mistakes that Moore and his staff hope to clean up sooner rather than later.
"We talked earlier in the week about opponents earning everything they get, and we gave up too much again," Moore said. "It was a 7-0 ballgame for a while, and even though the [final score] makes it seem like they didn't play well, they did.
"If we clean up the simple stuff, we'll be in it."
JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.
Frisco Reedy 52, Braswell15
RD -- Bennett Mecom 26 pass from Josh Foskey (Will Harbour kick)
RD -- Will Harbour 41 FG
RD -- Nate Anderson 29 pass from Josh Foskey (Will Harbour kick)
RD -- Cameron Harris 20 fumble recovery in end zone (Will Harbour kick)
DB -- Jaeden Johnson 16 pass from Greyson Thompson (Sully Martinez pass from Greyson Thompson)
RD -- Sean Hall 26 pass from Josh Foskey (Will Harbour kick)
DB -- Jaeden Johnson 2 run (Arturo Ramirez kick)
RD -- Nate Anderson 9 pass from Josh Foskey (Will Harbour kick)
RD -- Ryan Middleton 13 pass from Josh Foskey (Will Harbour kick)
RD -- Dominic Mccorry 15 interception return (Will Harbour kick)
Rushing -- DB: Jeremiah Richardson 13-49, Jaeden Johnson 5-22, Ki'Andre Jackson 9-20, Jhari Grose 3-16, Palmer Campbell 3-10, Team Stat 1--15, Greyson Thompson 6--22, RD: Justin Gipson 15-97, Karston Farragut 10-37, Will Harbour 1-8, Sean Hall 1-4, Josh Foskey 4--1.
Passing -- DB: Greyson Thompson 13-23-1-59, Palmer Campbell 2-5-1-28, RD: Josh Foskey 14-21-0-224.
Receiving -- DB: Jaeden Johnson 9-54, Sully Martinez 4-22, Sam Madison 1-11, Ivry Mundy 1-0, RD: Sean Hall 5-71, Bennett Mecom 3-68, Nate Anderson 2-38, Justin Gipson 2-21, Logan West 1-13, Ryan Middleton 1-13.