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Football: B-E holds off Ortonville, 30-28, to improve to 3-2

The Brandon-Evansville football team increased its winning streak to three with a close win in its homecoming game against Ortonville, 30-28.

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B-E's Ryland Yeats tries to make a move around an Ortonville's Isaac Brown in a game on Sept. 30, 2022. Yeats rushed for two touchdowns and converted three two-point conversions in the team's 30-28 win.
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BRANDON - The Brandon-Evansville football team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 30-28 win over the Ortonville Trojans on Friday.

The Chargers led 30-14 late in the third quarter, and while the Trojans were able to score the final two touchdowns of the game, the Chargers held on to win their homecoming game.

“Our players showed a lot of resiliency in this game,” B-E head coach Dan Johnson said. “Ortonville has big-play ability, and they made big plays to match our scoring drives. We had some injury issues that forced us to change some of our rotations. Many players had few to no breaks in this game.”

After both teams scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, the Chargers got the lead it needed in the third quarter with a pair of rushing touchdowns by Ryland Yeats.

The Chargers (3-2, 3-2 District 9 - West (South)) rushed for 235 yards, led by Micah Fuller with 99 yards. Yeats rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns, while Logan Haburn rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown. Yeats converted three two-point conversions in the win.

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Fuller threw for 84 yards and a touchdown. Stephen Hamilton led the Chargers in receiving yards with 55 and also had a receiving touchdown.

The Chargers scored twice in the first quarter, with Haburn scoring on a 3-yard rush and Fuller finding Hamilton on an 18-yard pass.

Ortonville (2-3, 2-3 District 9 - West (South)) lost the game despite gaining 392 yards of offense. The B-E defense forced Ortonville to turn the ball over three times.

Haburn led the Chargers' defense with 10.5 tackles in the game.

On offense, B-E turned the ball over four times.

“We had several drives stall deep in Ortonville territory due to turnovers,” Johnson said. “Through it all, our players kept fighting and gutted out an important win against a good opponent. Our coaching staff is incredibly proud of our effort."

The Chargers aim to increase their winning streak to four with a game at Rothsay (2-3, 2-2 Section 4 9-Man) on October 7 at 7 p.m.

B-E beat Rothsay 58-8 in 2021.

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Ortonville - 14 0 6 8 - 28 

Brandon-Evansville - 14 0 16 0 - 30 

TEAM STATS -
TOTAL OFFENSE - Ortonville, 392; Brandon-Evansville, 319
PASSING - Ortonville, 51; Brandon-Evansville, 84
RUSHING - Ortonville, 341, Brandon-Evansville, 235
PENALTIES - Ortonville 6-50 yards; Brandon-Evansville, 3-20 yards
TURNOVERS - Ortonville, 3; Brandon-Evansville, 4
FIRST DOWNS - Ortonville, 21; Brandon-Evansville, 16
THIRD DOWN-CONVERSIONS - Ortonville, 4/11; Brandon-Evansville, 4/11
FOURTH DOWN-CONVERSIONS - Ortonville, 2/6; Brandon-Evansville, 0/0

B-E PLAYER STATS -
PASSING - Micah Fuller, 6/10, 84 yards, TD
RUSHING - Micah Fuller, 17 rushes, 99 yards; Ryland Yeats, 13 rushes, 88 yards, 2 TD; Logan Haburn, 8 rushes, 48 yards, TD
RECEIVING - Stephen Hamilton, 2 catches, 55 yards, TD; Ryland Yeats, 3 catches, 18 yards; Logan Haburn, 1 catch, 11 yards
DEFENSE - Logan Haburn, 10.5 tackles; Stephen Hamilton, 8 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Solomon Wales, 6.5 tackles, 1.0 TFL; Ben Seifert, 4.5 tackles; Aaron Gillespie, 4 tackles, 1 sack; Ryland Yeats, 4 tackles; Dustin Gillespie, 3.5 tackles; William Englund, 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Brady Perleberg, 1.5 tackles, 1 Interception; Colton Breitkreutz, 1 tackle; Landon Stich, 0.5 tackles
PUNTING - Micah Fuller, 3 punts, 109 yards, 2 inside the 20
KICK RETURNS - Ryland Yeats, 5 returns, 105 yards

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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