The Brandon-Evansville football team emphasized getting off to a fast start in its game against Hancock on Friday night and the Chargers couldn’t have jumped out any quicker on offense.
Quarterback Tom Bosek connected with running back James Huisman for a near 70-yard score on the team’s first play. That was the start of a big night for Brandon-Evansville as the Chargers beat the Owls 50-12 to move to 2-1 on the season.
“The boys played real well,” head coach Tim Pattrin said. “I’m proud of them. After last week’s game, we started kind of slow and one of the things we really emphasized was getting off to a fast start. The boys came out flying right away. First play of the game went like 70 yards for a touchdown. Then we got a three and out and came right back down and scored again…it’s another step in the right direction for this program.”
Pattrin said the Chargers were able to mix the pass and the run well on Friday to keep Hancock off balance. Bosek and Huisman were a big part of that as Bosek threw for three scores and Huisman had three touchdowns between rushing and receiving.
“We had a good, balanced attack last night,” Pattrin said. “We did what we wanted to do.”
The Chargers have put up 91 points over the last two weeks in wins over Ashby and now the Owls. That came after a 13-10 week-one loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy where the Chargers felt they simply had too many self-inflicted wounds.
“We did a lot of things right in that game,” Pattrin said. “We outgained Hillcrest by like 150 yards or something like that. We just shot ourselves in the foot. What we were really emphasizing with the guys is we always talked about the little things. The guys have really taken that to heart and focused in and we’re not shooting ourselves in the foot right now. They’re getting their assignments, picking up blitzes and doing what we’re asking of them.”
Pattrin has confidence that this team can sustain that with some perennially good teams left on the schedule. The Chargers have Ortonville (1-2) next Friday on the road before Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (2-1) and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (2-1) come to town on September 26 and October 3, respectively.
“I think the guys really are coming together,” Pattrin said. “Most of our team has started for three years now so they’ve been on the other side of it too. Over the past couple years, the growth that they’ve come through – all the hard work they’ve put in is really coming out. We think we can keep going here. We think we’re up for it and that we can play with the top level teams and keep competing. We’re looking for a really exciting couple of weeks here.”