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Football: Chargers fall late at Verndale

The Brandon-Evansville football team came out on the wrong end of a back-and-forth thriller on Friday night.

The Chargers came within 18 yards of victory, but a late strike from Verdale proved to be fatal in a 20-14, season-opening road loss.

“It was a wild one,” B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. “It was a back-and-forth game, high intensity. It was everything you’d want in a football game. … They made one more play than we did. That was it. That’s the difference in the game.”

With 1 minute, 30 seconds to play, the Pirates (1-0) connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass -- caught diving out of the back of the end zone -- to go ahead 20-14.

Brandon-Evansville (0-1) tried for a late comeback, but they only reached the 18-yard line before time ran out on them. It topped a pair of touchdowns for Charger junior Marshall Riedel -- the first a 4-yard rush in the third quarter and the second a 70-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“We’re a young team,” said Pattrin. “We only have one senior, so we were looking for our young guys to step up and play. They battled all night.”

B-E will return to action at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, to host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Brandon for its home opener.

Verndale 20, Brandon-Evansville 14

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - 0 0 8 6 - 14

VERNDALE - 0 6 0 14 - 20

Micah Friez

Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.

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