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Football: Chargers face undefeated Bears

Nicholas Thorstad

The Brandon-Evansville Chargers are coming off a 47-6 win against Wheaton-Herman-Norcross and a shutout against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy the week before, making their overall season record 2-1.

With some big wins behind them, the Chargers face the undefeated Bertha-Hewitt Bears in the fourth game of the season.

"Bertha has been a physical running team so far this year," B-E Coach Tim Pattrin said. "They have taken care of the ball and taken advantage of other teams' mistakes."

The Bears beat Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 28-7 in the season opener. They won a closer game against Underwood, 26-16 in the second game of the season. Last week they beat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Graceville, 38-18.

"They have a big line and some good running backs," Pattrin said. "They don't throw the ball much so we have to stop the run. We need to be the more physical team and assignment sound to come out on top."

The Chargers' defense played a lights out game against WHN and the offense took care of the ball during last week's win. That led to a balanced attack as the Chargers threw for 226 yards and ran for another 273.

"We had a good mix of run and pass last week against Wheaton," Pattrin said. "Keagan (Schiele) had the third best passing game in school history, and mix that with the combination of Jake (Hintermeister) and Nick (Thorstad) running the ball made for a great night."

If the Chargers want to improve their record to 3-1, they'll need to continue to eliminate mistakes, said Pattrin.

"We focus on being better each week," he said. "We look to play our best game of the year so far this Friday."

Kickoff between the Bears and the Chargers is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.