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Football: Strong finish leads Verndale to 28-16 win over B-E

Verndale trailed 8-0 against Brandon-Evansville but outscored the Chargers 28-8 down the stretch to win the game and improve to 7-1.

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B-E's Landon Sullivan dives to make a tackle on Ortonville's Isaac Brown in a game on Sept. 30, 2022. B-E ended the 2022 regular season with a 28-16 loss to Verndale on Oct. 19, 2022.
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With an 11-yard touchdown by Logan Haburn and a successful two-point conversion run by Ryland Yeats in the second quarter, the Brandon-Evansville football team had an 8-0 lead early over Verndale last Wednesday.

Verndale outscored the Chargers 28-8 to win the game 28-16 and improve to 7-1 (6-1 Section 4 9-man).

“I am extremely proud of our effort in this game,” B-E head coach Dan Johnson said. “We kept fighting through adversity and we made some necessary steps in the right direction on the offensive side of the ball. We are walking away from this game as a better team and that is always our goal."

After trailing 8-0 to B-E (4-4, 3-3 Section 4 9-man), Verndale scored 28 points in a row.

“This game came down to two factors for us. First, our lack of depth hurt us and Verndale capitalized by controlling the line of scrimmage in the second half. We played hard and gave it everything we had but we didn't have much left in the tank. Second, two fumbles ended two promising drives and a high punt snap gave Verndale a short field when the score was 12-8,” Johnson said.

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B-E ended the game with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Micah Fuller to Yeats and a successful two-point conversion pass from Fuller to Stephen Hamilton.

The Chargers outgained the Pirates 262-239. The Chargers had 220 rushing yards. Haburn led the Chargers rushers with 98 yards and a touchdown while Fuller had 86 yards and Yeats had 57.

Solomon Wales led the Chargers' defense with 9.5 tackles.

B-E is likely going to be the No. 4 seed in the Section 4 9-man playoffs, which start on Oct. 25.

B-E - 0 8 0 8 - 16

Verndale - 0 6 14 8 - 28

TEAM STATS -

TOTAL OFFENSE - B-E, 262 (220 rushing, 42 passing); Verndale, 239 (131 rushing, 108 passing)
PENALTIES - B-E, 2-10 yards; Verndale, 1-5 yards
TURNOVERS - B-E (2 fumbles), Verndale (1 INT)
PUNTS - B-E- 2 punts, 29 yards; Verndale, 3 punts, 102 yards
FIRST DOWNS - B-E, 16; Verndale, 13
THIRD DOWNS - B-E, 2/10; Verndale, 4/11
FOURTH DOWNS - B-E, 3/6; Verndale, 2/2

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B-E PLAYER STATS
PASSING - Micah Fuller, 4/11, 42 yards, TD, INT
RUSHING - Logan Haburn, 18 rushes, 98 yards, TD; Micah Fuller, 12 rushes, 86 yards; Ryland Yeats, 12 rushes, 57 yards; Team, -21 yards
RECEIVING - Landon Sullivan, 1 catch, 17 yards; 2 catches, 16 yards, TD; Stephen Hamilton, 1 catch, 9 yards
TACKLES - Solomon Wales, 9.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Logan Haburn, 6 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Stephen Hamilton, 5.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Ryland Yeats, 2 tackles; Dustin Gillespie, 1.5 tackles; Brady Perleberg, 1.5 tackles; Ben Seifert, 1.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Aaron Gillespie, 1 tackle; Colton Breitkreutz, 0.5 tackle, 0.5 TFL; Landon Stich, 0.5 tackle
PUNTING - Stephen Hamilton, 2 punts, 29 yards
KICK RETURNS - Ryland Yeats, 3 returns, 43 yards; Logan Haburn, 1 return, 6 yards; Colton Breitkreutz, 1 return, 5 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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