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Football: Chargers take Rockets for a five game winning streak

Quarterback Keagan Schiele looks for the pass in the Chargers' game against Underwood. The Chargers won their fifth game in a row during their last regular-season home game. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)1 / 5
Trey Bosek makes the catch at the five yard line and then finishes the play with a touchdown. The Chargers improved to 5-1 with their victory over Underwood. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)2 / 5
Jake Hintermeister sheds a tackle in the B-E game against Underwood. Hintermeister had two touchdowns in the Chargers' last home game of the season. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)3 / 5
Nick Thorstad runs 76 yards for the final touchdown of the Chargers' game against Underwood. The Chargers beat Underwood 40-12. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)4 / 5
Jake Hintermeister gets taken down by a host of Rockets in the B-E game against Underwood. The Chargers won 40-12 on Senior Night. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)5 / 5

The Brandon-Evansville Chargers hosted Underwood for their last home game of regular season play on Friday night. Things didn’t go exactly how the Chargers had planned, but they still scored their fifth win in a row, 40-12.

“We came out a little flat,” Chargers coach Tim Pattrin said. “But the guys rose to the occasion. We knew Underwood was going to be a physical team and we had to match physicality and take the game.”

On the first Chargers’ possession, Taylor Bitzan broke a 30 yard run that set up Jake Hintermeister for a 13 yard run into the end zone for the first touchdown of the night. Quarterback Keagan Schiele got the two point conversion.

Not even 30 seconds later, Rockets’ quarterback Brodey Rocholl saw a hole in the Chargers line and made a run for it. Rocholl put Underwood on the board with a touchdown. The Rockets tried for the two but Taylor Bitzan swatter the pass away.

“Our defense, we had guys step up,” Pattrin said. “They got hit in the mouth a couple of times, (Underwood) broke off that big run early but the guys made the adjustment they needed to and took care of business.”

An interception by Rocholl right before the end of the first quarter kept Underwood in the game early.

“I’ll give it to Underwood. They were a lot more physical,” Hintermeister said. “They played a hard brand of football for a little bit, but we just had to get back in our brand and wear them down.”

Taylor Bitzan made a five yard run off the hand off from Schiele for the first touchdown of the second quarter. After both teams stalled for most of the second quarter, Taylor made another carry, this time from two yards out, into the end zone for a 20-6 B-E lead at the half.   

Hintermeister scored a touchdown early in the third quarter. Schiele ran it in for the two points. Underwoods’ Kade Laney drew a flag on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct and was asked to leave the field. Underwood received another personal foul later in the game.

“They’re just competitive guys,” Pattrin said. “They were really battling. Underwood is a physical team. We’re a physical team. Tempers can flare a little bit.”

The final touchdown of the third quarter came off a successful connection between Schiele and Trey Bosek. Bosek caught the ball at the five with a Underwood player at his back and backed his way into the end zone.

The Rockets got their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter off of a 21 yard pass to wide receiver Thomas Noyes.

The Chargers rounded out the game with a touchdown off a 56 yard run by senior running back Nick Thorstad covered by blocks from Bosek.

“We had to make a couple of adjustments because they did do a couple of things on defense that we weren’t expecting,” Pattrin said. “But we made the adjustments and we had a good night.”

The Chargers have surrendered the fewest number of points per game in their entire 10-team district, allowing just 12.4 points per contest coming into Friday night.

“Our line is unbelievable. For us linebackers, three guys are getting double teamed, they’re taking up the line,” Tanner Bitzan said. “A lot of the stats, you don’t see it but the line, they get all of the blocks and they help us linebackers out the best.”

Hintermeister praised the Chargers’ defensive line as well.

“We play a hard-nose brand defense and it shuts people out,” Hintermeister said. “Lots of us have played it for three of four years now. We love it.”

The Chargers hit the road next week to play the 0-5 Laporte Wildcats.

“Laporte is a team that we’ve never played before.They’re struggling a little bit but we gotta come in focused,” Pattrin said. “We gotta fix the mistakes we made tonight to have a good game up there next week.”

The game is set for Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in Laporte.

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - 8 12 14 6 - 40

UNDERWOOD - 6 0 0 6 - 12

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

B-E - Jake Hintermeister made a 13 yard run into the end zone. Keagan Schiele runs it in for the two point conversion.

Underwood - Brodey Rocholl had a breakaway run into the end zone. The two point was no good.

SECOND QUARTER

B-E - Taylor Bitzan made a five yard run for a touchdown. The two point was no good.

B-E - Taylor Bitzan made a two yard carry for a touchdown. The two point was not good.

THIRD QUARTER

B-E - Jake Hintermeister runs it in a touchdown. Keagan Schiele gets the two point conversion.

B-E - Trey Bosek receives the ball on the five yard line and make it into the end zone. The two point conversion is no good.

FOURTH QUARTER

Underwood - Brodey Rocholl makes a 21 yard pass to Thomas Noyes in the end zone. The two point conversion was no good.

B-E - Nick Thorstad made a 56 yard run into the end zone. The two point conversion was no good.

TOTALS - UNDERWOOD - Total yards - 162 yards; Passing - 11-19, 69 yards; Rushing - 93 yards; Turnovers - 1 INT; First downs - 7; BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - 435 yards; Passing - 5-9, 75 yards; Rushing - 360 yards; Turnovers - 1 INT; First downs - 21BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE - Passing - Keagan Schiele - 5-9, 75 yards, TD, INT; Rushing - Taylor Bitzan - 17-150, 2 TD; Nick Thorstad - 15-140, TD; Jake Hintermeister - 7-43, 2 TD; Keagan Schiele - 2-27; Receiving - Trey Bosek - 1, TD; Thorstad - 1; Tanner Bitzan - 1; Hintermeister - 2BRANDON-EVANSVILLE DEFENSE - Tanner Bitzan - 7 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Taylor Bitzan - 5.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Darris Wibstad - 5.5 tackles, .5 TFL; James Strese - 5 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL; Mike Schroeder - 4 tackles, 1 TFL: Jake Hintermeister - 3 tackles, 1 INT; Avery Wendt - 2 tackles, 2.5 TFL; Trent Landowski - 2 tackles, 2 TFL; Trey Bosek - 2 tackles, .5 TFL; Chris Vinson - 1.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Keagan Schiele - 1 tackles; Marshal Riedel - 1 tackles; Nick Thorstad - .5 tackle
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