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B-E loses first game to Ortonville

The Brandon-Evansville football team was handed their first loss this season by Ortonville in a 41-13 home game last Friday night.

The loss moved the Chargers’ record to 3-1 this season, which is second place in the Pheasant Conference South Division behind Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Head coach Tim Pattrin said the inability to score near the goal line was costly for the Chargers against Ortonville.

“Tonight we made too many mental mistakes to win,” Pattrin said. “We moved the ball well on offense but left a lot of points on the field by not scoring when we were in the red zone.”

Will Schroeder kicked off the scoring for the Chargers in the second quarter after he caught a pass from quarterback Tom Bosek to make the score 7-0. But Ortonville scored twice after the touchdown to make the score 15-7 at halftime.

Bosek scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to pull the Chargers within two points of the lead. But Ortonville responded with four straight touchdowns in the second half to put the Chargers away.

Nearly all of Ortonville’s points came off touchdown passes. Quarterback James Nitz was 23-30 in the game for 343 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 63 yards on eight carries, and scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

“We gave up too many big plays on defense, the one thing you can’t do against an explosive team like Ortonville,” Pattrin said. “We will learn from tonight and get ready for our next game.”

The Chargers rushed for a total of 188 yards. Their ground attack was led by James Huisman, who rushed for 148 yards on 30 attempts. Cody Lund rushed for 31 yards on nine attempts and Cody Walker rushed for seven yards on two attempts.

Bosek was 10 for 23 passing on Friday for a total of 129 yards and a touchdown. Schroeder led the Chargers with five receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown.

Huisman led the Chargers defense with eight tackles, followed by Skyler Quinn with seven.

The Chargers will play their next two games on the road against state-ranked opponents. This Friday they play Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley at 3:30 p.m. in Graceville. CGB is the defending nine-man state champions and were ranked first in the September 18 Associated Press rankings. Then on October 4 they play sixth-ranked Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in Wheaton.



ORTONVILLE 0 15 12 14 – 41

TEAM STATISTICS – B-E – First downs – 17; Rushing yards – 188; Passing yards – 129; Total plays – 70; Total offense – 317; Fumbles lost – 1; Penalties – 4-30; Time of possession – 29:30; ORTONVILLE – First downs – 17; Rushing yards – 81; Passing yards – 343; Total plays – 49; Total offense – 424; Fumbles lost – 0; Penalties – 7-70; Time of possession – 18:30

BRANDON EVANSVILLE OFFENSE – Rushing – James Huisman – 30-148; Cody Lund – 9-31; Cody Walker – 2-7; Tom Bosek – 6-2, 1 touchdown; Passing – Bosek – 10-23, 129 yards, 1 touchdown; Receiving – Will Schroeder – 5-39, 1 touchdown; Cody Lund – 3-25; Mckennen Plaster – 2-65

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE DEFENSE – Huisman – 8 tackles, 2 assists; Skyler Quinn – 7 tackles, 4 assists; Tyson Thorstad – 3.5 tackles, 3 assists; Lund – 3 tackles, 2 assists; Walker – 3 tackles, 2 assists; Schroeder – 2.5 tackles, 5 assists, 0.5 sack, 0.5 TFL; Brad Challes – 2.5 tackles, 1 assist, 0.5 sack, 2.5 TFL; Christian McGaffey – 1.5 tackles, 1 assist; Robbie Juul – 1 tackles; Mckennen – 1 tackle; Brandon Christianson – 1 tackle; Evan Bedore – 0.5 tackle, 1 assist; Mike Way – 0.5 tackle, 1 assist

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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