Football: Arrow defense holds down Chargers 30-6Ashby scored 22 points in the third quarter to break away
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
A tight first half gave way to a rip-roaring third quarter that saw Ashby score three times and roll to a 30-6 win over Brandon-Evansville in Pheasant Conference football action Friday night.
“Hats off to our seniors and their leadership and dedication throughout this week, getting ready for B-E,” said Ashby head coach Andy Campbell. “Our kids wanted this game and we came out and took it. We played with a giant chip on our shoulders from last week’s collapse against Underwood.”
The Arrows got three touchdown runs from running back Gage Olson, who finished the night with 178 yards on 17 carries.
In all, the Arrows rushed for 385 yards, but couldn’t find their way in the air as quarterback Blake Ohren hit 11 of his 23 pass attempts for just 62 yards, giving away three interceptions.
“We couldn’t get our pass game going tonight,” he added. “We have to make better decisions with the football and deliver it on time. When we do, it’s a beautiful thing; when we don’t, we end up with three interceptions and that’s the bottom line.”
Ohren, however, rushed for 200 yards and one touchdown on the night in his 18 carries.
The Chargers also saw their quarterback, Billie Juul, throw three interceptions as he went six for 24 in the air for a total of 75 yards and one touchdown. They weren’t able to get much going on the ground as they rushed for just 31 yards in the game.
“We tightened up our special teams units and we were able to not give up any unearned yards,” said Campbell.
“We had a tough time handling Ashby’s blitz today,” said Brandon-Evansville head coach Tim Pattrin. “Our boys kept fighting, but we just couldn’t get our offense going.”
Ashby’s defense had a handle on the Chargers, but the team did find themselves on the end of 115 yards of penalties.
They allowed the Chargers just one touchdown, that coming on a 36-yard pass from Juul to Craig Campbell.
“Defensively, we flowed well to the ball, getting as many hands on it as we could,” said Campbell, “and I think, by the end of the night, B-E had just had enough of our Arrows’ defense.”
Ashby took advantage of a couple of big holes left by the Charger defense, including one that allowed Ohren to scamper 84 yards for a touchdown.
“A few defensive breakdowns caused some big plays, and that was the difference in the game,” said Pattrin. “We will learn from this and get ready for Hancock.”
Ashby will now take on state contender Wheaton on Friday, while Brandon-Evansville will face Hancock.
BRANDON-EVANS 0 0 6 0 —6
ASHBY 0 8 22 0 —30
ASH – Blake Ohren 84-yard run. Ohren pass to Gage Olson.
ASH – Olson 2-yard run.
ASH – Olson 35-yard run. Olson run.
BE – Billie Juul 36-yard pass to Craig Campbell.
ASH – Gage Olson 52-yard run. Olson run.
6 first downs, 39-31 yards rushing, 6-24-75-1 passing, 3 interceptions, 106 total yards offense, 2 fumbles lost, 10-60 penalties, 6-30 punting average.
RUSHING – Billie Juul 13-23, Zach Carlson 2-10, Cody Lund 9-6, Zack Henneman 8-2, James Huisman 6-(-3), Craig Campbell 1-(-7).
PASSING – Juul 6-24-75, 1 touchdown, 3 inteceptions.
RECEIVING – Carlson 3-29, Campbell 2-37, 1 TD, Henneman 1-9.
PUNTING – Campbell 6-180, 30 yard average.
TACKLES (solo-assist) – Carlson 5.5-1, Henneman 5.5-5, Clayton Stotesberry 4.5-3, Will Schroeder 4-0, James Huisman 4-6, Devin Roers 3.5-3, Josh Barsness 3-0, Craig Campbell 2.5-1, Brandon Venis 2-2, Cody Lund 2-0, Brandon Christianson 2-0, Cody Walker 1-0, Mason Leavitt 1-0, David Lysfjord 0.5-1.
10 first downs, 385 yards rushing, 11-23-62-0 passing, 3 interceptions, 447 total yards, 1 fumble lost, 13-115 penalties, 3-24.7 punting average.
RUSHING – Gage Olson 16-178, 3 TD, Blake Ohren 19-178, 1 TD, Reed Hanson 2-6.
PASSING – Ohren 8-20-46, 3 inteceptions.
RECEIVING – Hanson 4-17, Olson 3-28, Dylan Barry 1-1.
PUNTING – Olson 3-74, 24.7 average.
TACKLES – Hunter Fick 20 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss; J.P. Moe 10 tackles, 2 interceptions; Jeff Berglund 9 tackles; Gage Olson 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery; Triston Korkowski 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
TOTAL DEFENSE – 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 11 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries.