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Brandon-Evansville football opens season with win

James Huisman cuts around Hillcrest defenders on his way to the first Chargers touchdown of the evening. Huisman finished with two touchdowns in a 20-8 Chargers victory. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville football team stayed true to its traditional run-based offense in a 20-8 win on the season's opening night last Friday at home against Hillcrest Academy.

The Chargers rushed for 233 yards on 58 attempts, including a 150-yard performance by James Huisman. With numbers like that, head coach Tim Pattrin was satisfied with the Chargers' offense on Friday.

"Overall, I'm pretty happy with our line performance, and it really [opened] up the holes," Pattrin said. "Our backs are running really hard, so I'm happy after this."

The defense was another reason the Chargers started their season with a win. They gave up 227 yards of total Hillcrest offense, but surrendered only eight points. The pass defense was the difference in the game, holding Hillcrest to 17 completions in 36 attempts through the air for a total of 152 yards.

"Our defense played very well tonight," Pattrin said. "The only time they scored was on a short field, so we're really happy with our defensive performance."

The Chargers' defense forced three turnovers in the game, including a key interception in the fourth quarter. With Hillcrest threatening on third-and-goal, Cody Lund picked off a pass and returned the ball to inside Comets' territory.

Lund said he was drifting back in coverage while playing linebacker when he intercepted the pass.

"It came right to me, and I just kind of took it and went," Lund said. "It was kind of fun, actually."

After Lund intercepted the ball, the Chargers' coaching staff was anxious to see the ball stay in their possession when the play finally concluded on the other half of the field.

"I was thinking, 'Cody get down, or don't fumble,'" Pattrin said. "Cody last year had a bit of a fumble problem, but he really worked hard all off-season and he's worked hard this preseason. It was really great to see him get that pick and cover up that ball and take care of it. I was really excited from him."

Huisman led the Chargers with 10 tackles on defense, and Lund had 7.5 tackles to go along with his interception. Skyler Quinn also had seven tackles in the game.

Offensively, the Chargers were led by Huisman. He scored two touchdowns to go along with his 150 rushing yards. His first touchdown came on a six-yard run in the first quarter, and he also scored in the second on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Tom Bosek.

On both of his touchdowns, Huisman made moves to get through holes that the team's blockers had created.

"I was just trying to find the opening and make it to the goal line," Huisman said.

His 30 rushing attempts in the game were more than half the Chargers' total of 58. He also picked up more than half the team's total rushing yards of 233.

"I figured it would be a little more balanced than that, but whatever gets the win," Huisman said.

The Chargers' coaches are more than happy to give Huisman the ball when he is picking up yards and scoring touchdowns.

"James played very well. He's our go-to guy," Pattrin said. "Both offensively and defensively, he's our play maker."

Jon Thoennes also scored on a four-yard run in the third quarter. Bosek was 4-12 passing in the game for 50 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Lund also provided a spark to the Chargers' offense against Hillcrest with 75 rushing yards in 12 attempts.

"It's nice," Lund said about the team's first victory. "Now we've got to just keep chunking away one-by-one."

The Chargers' next game is at 7 p.m. tonight in Brandon against Ashby.



HILLCREST 8 0 0 0 — 0

TEAM STATISTICS — B-E — First downs — 16; Rushing yards — 233; Passing yards — 50; Total plays — 70; Total offense — 283; Fumbles lost — 0; Penalties — 5-40; Time of possession — 29:00; HILLCREST — First downs — 12; Rushing yards — 75; Passing yards — 152; Total offense — 227; Fumbles lost — 2; Penalties — 4-20; Time of Possession — 19:00

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE OFFENSE — Rushing — James Huisman — 30-150, 1 TD; Cody Lund — 12-75; Cody Walker — 3-12; Robbie Juul — 1-2; Jon Thoennes — 3-1, 1 TD; Tom Bosek — 9- -7; Passing — Bosek — 4-12, 50 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Receiving — Tyson Thorstad — 2-38; Huisman — 1-10, 1 TD; Will Schroeder — 1-2

B-E DEFENSE — Huisman — 10 tackles; Lund — 7.5 tackles, 1 INT; Skyler Quinn — 7 tackles; Thoennes — 4.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Cody Walker — 4.5 tackles; Brandon Christianson — 4 tackles; Tyson Thorstad — 3.5 tackles; Jordan Lund — 1.5 tackles; Will Schroeder — 1 tackle; Mike Way - 0.5 tackles; Brad Challes — 0.5 tackles

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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