The Brandon-Evansville football team won its second straight game in dominant fashion to start the season on Friday night and made a little history in the process.
The Chargers (2-0) had never won a road game at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (1-1), but they have now after taking care of the Wolverines in a 46-14 final.
“The last couple years, we’ve been within a couple points and had some weird things happen,” B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. “Things just didn’t seem to go our way. The guys took it as a badge of honor that they wanted to be the first team to win over there and they came out and showed it. They were focused from the beginning and really took care of business.”
The Wolverines never stood much of a chance as the Chargers built a 34-0 lead by the break with five first-half touchdowns. Senior quarterback Keagan Schiele threw for two of those as he connected with Tanner Bitzan on a 30-yard score and Cade Carlson on a 10-yard touchdown. Schiele also ran one in from a yard out. He finished his day 9-of-13 passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns after a 48-yard connection with Kyle Schaffran in the fourth quarter. Schiele also had two interceptions on defense to complete his big game.
“We knew CGB was going to play hard, and they did,” Pattrin said. “They did some things that gave us some trouble with our blocking. We were able to rely on our passing game a bit. Keagan threw the ball well and we executed some play-action passes very nice. That loosened them up a little bit, and we were able to take over the line of scrimmage and push our way down the field.”
The Chargers outgained CGB 437-135 in total yards. They ran for 204 yards on 40 carries. Cade Carlson led the way for the second straight week with 95 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Tanner Bitzan also ran for two scores from down near the goal line. Bitzan and Schaffran both had more than 100 yards receiving.
The Brandon-Evansville coaches were optimistic about this team coming into the season, and the Chargers have done nothing to tamper expectations through two weeks.
“It’s good that through the growing pains from last year, the kids really took those things to heart that we talked about with them and are putting it on the field now,” Pattrin said. “They’re growing up and being a mature team, being able to handle adversity. Playing in the afternoon is a weird thing for them, but they are able to handle those things and really be focused on their jobs.”
Friday’s game started at 3:30 p.m. because CGB does not have lights on its field. The Chargers will get back to a normal start time of 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 when they host their first home game of the season in Brandon. Bertha-Hewitt comes to town with a 1-1 record after beating Rothsay in a 30-20 game on Sept. 6.
“We’ve always played well at home so we’re really looking forward to being at home and being comfortable in our surroundings,” Pattrin said. “We’re playing a big, physical Bertha team. We look forward to the challenge.”
B-E 14 20 6 6 - 46
CGB 0 0 8 6 - 14
SCORING - FIRST QUARTER - B-E - Keagan Schiele 30-yard pass to Tanner Bitzan; Bitzan PAT; B-E - Schiele 1-yard run; Bitzan PAT
SECOND QUARTER - B-E - Bitzan 3-yard run; PAT no good; B-E - Bitzan 1-yard run; Schiele 2-point conversion pass to Cade Carlson; B-E - Schiele 10-yard pass to Carlson; Two-point conversion no good
THIRD QUARTER - CGB - Chuck Kleindl 10-yard pass to Jacob Adelman; Kleindl 2-point conversion pass to Adelman; B-E - Carlson 3-yard run; Two-point conversion no good
FOURTH QUARTER - B-E - Schiele 48-yard pass to Kyle Schaffran; Two-point conversion no good; CGB - Nate Moberg 15-yard run; Two-point conversion no good
B-E OFFENSE - PASSING - Schiele - 9-13, 233 yards, 3 TD; RUSHING - Carlson - 17-95, TD; Schiele - 10-63, TD; Ryland Yeats - 4-21; Tanner Bitzan - 5-15, 2 TD; John Roers - 3-12; Tyler Bitzan - 1-(-2); RECEIVING - Tanner Bitzan - 4-101, TD; Schaffran - 3-100, TD; Tyler Bitzan - 1-22; Carlson - 1-10
B-E DEFENSE - Carlson - 6.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Tanner Bitzan - 5 tackles; Hunter Koep - 4.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Tony Schaffran - 3.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Mike Cochran - 3 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Tyler Bitzan - 2.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; John Roers - 2.5 tackles; Kyle Schaffran - 2.5 tackles; Brandon Johnson - 1.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Andrew Perrin - 1 tackle; Nathan Baumann - 1 tackle; Katrina Buchholz - 1 tackle; Kobe Reiland - 0.5 tackle; Aaron Gillespie - 0.5 tackle; Kaleb Pikkaraine - 0.5 tackle; Schiele - 2 interceptions