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Football: Chargers win fourth straight by dominating CGB

James Strese runs through high fives from his teammates before the Brandon-Evansville Homecoming game. (Judd Martinson | Echo Press) 1 / 3
(From left to right) Payton Shaefer, Emily Bukkila, Saffron Fletcher, Kaylee Bitzan, Maddie Otto and Alena Shores stand on the field during half time as 2017 Homecoming royalty. (Judd Martinson | Echo Press)2 / 3
Jake Hintermeister breaks toward the outside of the field as he takes the ball about 80 yards for a touchdown. (Judd Martinson | Echo Press)3 / 3

The Brandon-Evansville team took the field for their homecoming game Friday night and controlled all four quarters for a 44-0 win over the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines.

The Wolverines received the opening kickoff, only to go three and out, ending with a short punt. With what looked like great field position at about their own 42 yard line, the Chargers made one of their few hiccups right away when Nick Thorstad took a handoff up the middle, but fumbled it back to the Wolverines.

However, shortly after getting the ball back, Cedrick Barnes of the Wolverines ran about 30 yards backwards before fumbling the ball for Avery Wendt of the Chargers to pick up and run the ball another six yards for the first Chargers touchdown.

After a sack by James Strese, the Chargers took possession again. Jake Hintermeister received a handoff, broke towards the outside, and carried the ball 83 yards for the second Chargers touchdown. It was part of a 26-point first quarter for Brandon-Evansville.

“The linemen did a great job, my fullback went up and hit the end - I had one guy to beat with speed,” said Hintermeister about his long run.

On the Chargers’ next possession, Schiele found Tanner Bitzan for his first touchdown pass of the night and it was quickly 20-0 with just more than three minutes left in the first quarter.

The Chargers weren’t done. On their next possession, Schiele found Darrin Wibstad outside near their own 40 yard line. Wibstad broke a tackle and ran into the end zone adding to the now 26-0 shutout.

Fast forward about halfway into the second quarter, the Wolverines threw a high snap over the head of their punter, which sailed into the end zone where Wendt tackled the Wolverine punter for a safety making it 28-0 Chargers.

On their ensuing possession, Schiele connected with Hintermeister for the 23-yard pass, which Hintermeister ran in for a touchdown. Thorstad carried in the two point conversion, growing the lead to 36-0 at halftime.

Coach Tim Pattrin said the Wolverines had some quick players inside, but that opened up the Chargers outside game offensively.

“Once we started hitting that and clicking, we took a lot of big plays to the house,” Pattrin said.

The Chargers got right back into their groove early in the third quarter. Thorstad ran for a 58 yard touchdown, and Hintermeister finished off the two point conversion, giving the Chargers a 44-0 lead, just seconds into the second half.

From there, it was up to the Chargers’ defense to keep the shutout alive.

After Strese’s second sack of the game, and a couple great open field tackles by the Chargers, the Wolverines finally managed to put together a drive down to Brandon-Evansville’s 20 yard line. However, Trey Bosek intercepted a pass from Adelman at the five yard line.

“It was once again a great defensive effort,” Pattrin said. “They have some game breakers that are very fast, and we needed to be very sound defensively.”

That defensive showing was finished off with the Chargers recovering a fumble as the Wolverines attempted their last drive with the clock running.

“We were able to prevent the big play so we could preserve the shutout,” said Pattrin.

The Chargers dominated statistically. They finished with 310 total yards, while holding CGB to just 88 yards, including 42 yards rushing.

Tanner Bitzan helped lead the defense with two solo and 11 assisted tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. Strese dominated up front with two sacks, 7.5 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss. The Chargers also created five turnovers.

B-E spread the ball around on the ground all night with six players getting carries. Hintermeister averaged almost 16 yards per carry after going for 95 yards on six touches. Thorstad added 84 yards and Taylor Bitzan got a few carries and finished with 29 yards.

Brandon-Evansville is now 4-1 heading into another home contest against a 2-3 Underwood team on Friday night.

CGB 0 0 0 0 - 0

B-E 26 10 8 0 - 44

TOTALS - CGB - Total yards - 88; Passing - 3-9, 46 yards; Rushing - 42 yards; Turnovers - 5; First downs - 9; B-E - Total yards - 310; Passing - 5-7, 105 yards; Rushing - 23-205; Turnovers - 1; First downs - 8

B-E OFFENSE - Passing - Keagan Schiele - 5-7, 105 yards, 3 TD; Rushing - Jake Hintermeister - 6-95, TD; Nick Thorstad - 7-84, TD; Taylor Bitzan - 3-29; Cade Carlson - 5-10; Marshal Riedel - 1-0; Schiele - 1-(-13); Receiving - Darrin Wibstad - 1-37, TD; Hintermeister - 2-30, TD; Tanner Bitzan - 1-28, TD; Trey Bosek - 1-10

B-E DEFENSE - Tanner Bitzan - 7.5 tackles, 3.5 TFL; James Strese - 7.5, 2 sacks, 2.5 TFL; Sam Fuller - 6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL; Carlson - 5.5 tackles; Mike Schroeder - 4.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Hintermeister - 4 tackles, INT; Avery Wendt - 3.5 tackles, 1 sack, 2.5 TFL, TD; Bosek - 3.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, INT; Chris Vinson - 2.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Thorstad - 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Brandon Merritt - 2 tackles; Taylor Bitzan - 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Riedel - 2 tackles; Trent Landowski - 2 tackles; Colton Sherman - 1.5 tackles; Wibstad - 1 tackle, 0.5 TFL; Luke Moore - 1 tackle; Xavier Grussing - 1 tackle; Andrew Johnson - 0.5 tackle; Kaleb Pikkaraine - 0.5 tackle