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Section 4 9-Man football: Chargers fall to Onamia in OT

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The Brandon-Evansville football team forced overtime before its season came to a tough finish in a 30-22 loss to Onamia in the opening round of the Section 4-9-man playoffs.

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The Chargers put a scare into the section's second seed with an explosive play at the end of regulation. Quarterback Billie Juul connected with Craig Campbell on an 85-yard touchdown pass with just 1:15 remaining. Juul then found Zach Carlson on the two-point conversion to send the game into overtime tied at 22 apiece.

Onamia finally put things away in the extra session. The Panthers scored from five yards out on a Caleb Nieken run that advanced them to the section semifinals, where they lost 40-18 to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.

"I'm very proud of the boys tonight," Brandon-Evansville head coach Tim Pattrin said. "They played as a team and did their jobs with only a couple of breakdowns."

The Chargers battled to the very end as they took an early lead and never went away. Zack Henneman scored on a 27-yard run in the opening quarter. Onamia responded with a touchdown early in the second quarter before Henneman added his second of the night, this time from a yard away as he gave his team a 14-6 lead at the break.

The Panthers responded with 16 unanswered points. Nieken had a lot to do with that as he scored his second of three touchdowns on the night to give his team the lead on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"The game was truly a game of inches for both teams," Pattrin said. "We came up just a few inches short. Both teams left everything on the field and both should be very proud."

Henneman led the Chargers' rushing attack with 70 yards on 19 carries. Juul completed four passes for 123 yards and Campbell caught just one ball, but it was a big one that helped tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Cody Lund led the Chargers' defense with 15 tackles, including seven solo. Devin Roers added 14 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and Brandon Venis had three tackles for a loss and seven takedowns overall.

Brandon-Evansville had a young roster that finished the season with a 3-6 overall record. The Chargers went 3-5 in the Pheasant Conference with wins over Hancock, Ortonville and Bertha-Hewitt.

"Our seniors will be missed," Pattrin said. "They have laid the foundation for the future at Brandon-Evansville."

GAME STATISTICS

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 6 8 0 8 0 - 22

ONAMIA 0 6 8 8 8 - 30

TOTALS - Brandon-Evansville - First downs - 11; Rushing - 111 yards; Passing - 4-14, 123 yards; Total plays - 59; Total offense - 234; Penalties - 3-20; Onamia - First downs - 17; Rushing - 167; Passing - 12-21, 180 yards; Total plays - 66; Total offense - 347; Penalties - 6-45

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE - RUSHING - Henneman - 19-70, 2 TD; James Huisman - 9-23; Juul - 13-17; Josh Barsness - 2-2; Zach Carlson - 2-(-1); Passing - Juul - 4-14, 123 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Receiving - Carlson - 2-31; Campbell - 1-85, TD; Brandon Christianson - 1-7

DEFENSE - Huisman - 11.5 tackles, INT; Campbell - 10 tackles; Lund - 15 tackles, 1 TFL; Henneman - 7.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Zach Carlson - 9.5 tackles; Roers - 14 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack; Venis - 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack; Will Schroeder - 8.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Mason Leavitt - 5 tackles; Barsness - 2.5 tackles; Christianson - 1 tackle; Christian McGaffey - 1 tackle; Skyler Quinn - 1 tackle

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