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Football: Chargers shine in 54-15 rout over Hillcrest

Brandon-Evansville junior Marshall Riedel (2) follows a block and cuts back inside for a touchdown run in the first half of the Chargers' 54-15 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Brandon on Friday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 4
Brandon-Evansville junior Keagan Schiele drops back before throwing a touchdown pass in the first half of the Chargers' 54-15 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Brandon on Friday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 4
Brandon-Evansville sophomore Colton Vogal (63) raises his hand to block any pass attempt while rushing at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy quarterback Thomas Zwiers in the first half of the Chargers' 54-15 win in Brandon on Friday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)3 / 4
Brandon-Evansville junior Tony Schaffran breaks loose from the defense and reaches the end zone in the first half of the Chargers' 54-15 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Brandon on Friday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)4 / 4

Keagan Schiele had a night to remember on Friday. And so did Marshall Riedel. And so did the entire Brandon-Evansville football team.

Behind the junior standouts and the offensive line that created for them, the Chargers bullied their way to a 54-15 blowout win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Brandon for their first win of the season.

“It’s great to get a big win. It’s a lot less stressful (than a close game),” B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. “I actually think those five guys, six guys up front opening holes for them are what gave them a really easy night. Keagan’s pretty fast, and Marshall’s really fast. You’ve got some speed behind those guys. It’s a good recipe for success.”

Schiele set school records for career touchdown passes and career passing yards. Riedel, meanwhile, made sure to match the impressive showing with one of his own -- rushing for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, including 74-yard and 98-yard house calls in the second quarter alone.

“It was a good day for both of us,” said Schiele, who threw for 62 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. “It’s great to see (Riedel) run for however many yards he had, and it’s great for me to have those records and know that I couldn’t do any of it without my linemen or my team behind me, helping me through it.”

B-E (1-1) scored early and often, starting with a 12-yard rush from Riedel to open the night. Schiele followed with a 32-yard strike to Tony Schaffran, giving Brandon-Evansville a 16-0 lead after one quarter following a pair of successful 2-point conversions.

Schiele’s touchdown pass was the 19th of his career, which set the new program record.

Hillcrest (0-2) cut into the Charger lead on the opening play of the second quarter when Logan Disabella rushed in from 14 yards out.

The scare didn’t last long.

B-E exploded for 30 unanswered points in the second quarter. The first was a short, 9-yard Schiele pass that found Tanner Bitzan alone in the end zone. The second came from a little farther out.

Riedel scored from 74 yards out on the first play of the Chargers’ next drive. Less than a minute later — after B-E reclaimed possession on a Riedel interception — Schiele and Sam Fuller connected for another touchdown through the air.

The pass turned into Schiele’s second record of the night, as it made him Brandon-Evansville’s all-time leader in passing yards.

“It means a lot. I feel proud of it,” Schiele said of his new records. “Like I said, I couldn’t do any of it without my team having my back, linemen giving me the time, and receivers getting open and catching the ball.”

Even still, Riedel would not be outdone. Hillcrest was driving deep into the end zone, but Riedel abruptly ended the threat with an interception in the end zone that he returned to the 2. One play later, Riedel took the handoff and raced 98 yards into the other end zone for a touchdown.

“The linemen really helped out a lot today,” Riedel said. “They made holes, and I found them. Opened up and go.”

It brought on a 46-8 score by half’s end, and Riedel tallied his fourth and final score early in the third quarter with a 21-yard scamper. He patiently shedded tackles and waited for a hole after bouncing the run outside, then he slipped through the defense and into the end zone for a 54-8 game.

Hillcrest added a touchdown of their own in the third quarter, but it hardly made a dent in the 54-15 final following a scoreless fourth.

“They got after this week, and it really showed tonight. That was the big challenge,” Pattrin said. “We challenged the offensive and defensive lines to reestablish the line of scrimmage all game long, and they did a heck of a job of opening some pretty big holes for our backs.”

B-E finished with 445 yards of total offense, while Riedel’s 264 rushing yards almost equalled Hillcrest’s 269 total yards.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that everything we worked on through the week and through the season is working,” Schiele said. “Our guys do our jobs and we can trust one another.”

B-E will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, when they travel to Wheaton for a matchup with Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.

“Everyone did a good job on offense and defense,” Riedel said. “There’s still some things we’ve got to clean up on defense to get ready for Wheaton next Friday.”

Brandon-Evansville 54, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 15

B-E 16 30 8 0 -- 54

HLA 0 8 0 7 -- 15

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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