The Brandon-Evansville football team has come a long way since dropping its opening game of the season at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. The Chargers have strung together three straight wins despite losing some key seniors with injuries last Friday against Ortonville. Now, B-E has its sights set on the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Warriors (1-3).
B-E (3-1) has scored at least 22 points in its last three games while holding its opponents to a combined 26 points. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross has had a hard time stopping opponents from getting to the end zone this season. The Warriors are surrendering 27 points per game while scoring 14.5.
In the Chargers 22-6 win over the Trojans (2-2) one week ago, seniors Cade Carlson and Kyle Schaffran left the game early with injuries. Head coach Tim Pattrin said both are doing well but will have to see how the week goes before determining whether they will play.
The Warrior's focus shifts to Tyler Bitzan. After Carlson left the backfield midway through the game, Bitzan took most of the carries. He finished the night with 163 yards on 23 attempts with a touchdown. The Chargers ran all over the Trojans, boasting 299 yards on the ground. Pattrin is looking for more of the same in Wheaton.
"We will have to play sound, fundamental football," Pattrin said. "We have had our young guys really step up from their first game. It's tough early on, especially without a scrimmage to show them what game speed is like, but now they know they've elevated their game and really helped us on the field."
Quarterback Kobe Reiland threw the ball for 32 yards on three completions, including a touchdown to Xavier Grussing. The Chargers are a team that will look to beat their opponent on the ground and through the air.
B-E did well in stopping Ortonville in the red zone. The Chargers picked off two passes and forced a turnover on downs to hold the Trojans at the goal line. Ortonville was held to 2-of-10 on third down and 1-of-3 on fourth downs last Friday.
Much like the Trojans, the Warriors will try and beat the Chargers with their home run hitter.
"Wheaton has a lot of speed and skill," Pattrin said. "They will try to get outside, so we need to be able to tackle in space and follow our keys. They have an aggressive defense, so we will need to have good footwork and be assignment sharp."