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