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Roundup: Brandon-Evansville, West Central Area-Ashby dominate, while Minnewaska falls in tight game at Melrose

The Chargers got back on track in a big way by putting up 52 points at Sebeka.

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Brandon-Evansville's Logan Haburn gets a quarterback hurry against Hancock on Sept. 3, 2021. Haburn was all over the field defensively for the Chargers in Sebeka on Friday night as he tallied a team-best 10 tackles and helped the Chargers to the 52-8 win. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville football team got its first win of the season in emphatic fashion on Friday night as the Chargers (1-2) went to Sebeka (1-2) and left with a 52-8 win.

“Great all around team win,” B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. “We got back to Charger football and played the way we should. The line blocked great and our backs ran the ball hard. The defense executed the game plan and did their jobs. This young team took some big steps tonight. Very proud of the team.”

Brandon-Evansville left no doubt from the get-go, scoring 16 points in each of the first two quarters while posting a shutout defensively into halftime. The Chargers put up 467 yards and held Sebeka to 131.

B-E spread the ball around to multiple backs. Senior Tyler Bitzan had a huge game with 193 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries. Titus Fuller ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Dezmond White and Ryland Yeats also ran for touchdowns.

Micah Fuller threw the ball twice and completed both passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. John Roers and Lucas Fuller were on the receiving end of B-E’s passing touchdowns.

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The Chargers will try to carry the momentum over into a home game next week when an 0-3 Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley team comes to Brandon at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24. The Wolverines have allowed 46 points in each of their three losses this year.

B-E 16 16 14 6 - 52

SEBEKA 0 0 0 8 - 8

TOTALS - B-E - Total offense - 467 yards; Penalties - 3-15; Turnovers - 1; First downs - 16; Sebeka - Total offense - 131; Turnovers - 1; Penalties - 1-10

B-E OFFENSE - PASSING - Titus Fuller - 4-6, 76 yards, TD; Micah Fuller - 2-2, 26 yards, TD; RUSHING - Tyler Bitzan - 9-193, TD; Titus Fuller - 5-56, 2 TD; Dezmond White - 3-42, TD; Ryland Yeats - 3-42, TD; Logan Haburn - 6-34; Micah Fuller - 1-4; Sully Wales - 2-(-6); RECEIVING - Carter White - 2-44; John Roers - 2-32, TD; Lucas Fuller - 1-17, TD; Philip Simonson - 1-9

B-E DEFENSE - Logan Haburn - 10 tackles; Micah Fuller - 5.5 tackles, 2 TFL; Will Englund - 5 tackles, 1 TFL; Dezmond White - 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL; Stevie Hamilton - 3 tackles; Tyler Bitzan - 2.5 tackles; John Roers - 2.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Dustin Gillespie - 2 tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 TFL; Lucas Fuller - 2 tackles; Sully Wales - 2 tackles; Carter White - 1.5 tackles; Aaron Gillespie - 1.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Ryland Yeats - 1 tackle; Taylor Birr - 0.5 tackle; Kayla Bitzan-Anderson - 0.5 tackle

Knights roll to 3-0

West Central Area-Ashby had no problems getting to 3-0 against Section 6AA and Midwest (White) District rival Pillager (0-3).

The Knights have allowed just 24 points through three games now after shutting out the Huskies in a 34-0 final on Friday. WCA-Ashby led 20-0 at the half, highlighted by a 42-yard touchdown pass from Evan Paulson to Anthony Sykora in the first quarter. Sykora also added a 40-yard rushing touchdown in the game.

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The Knights outgained Pillager 307-178 in total yardage. Paulson completed 7-of-11 passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also running for a touchdown. Sykora rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries, and Hunter Norby ran for a touchdown and Ryder Staples caught one.

The Knights will head to Hawley (2-1) on Sept. 24 for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Nuggets beat Crookston 49-19 on Friday night after their only loss so far on the season came to 3-0 Osakis on Sept. 10.

PILLAGER 0 0 0 0 - 0

WCA-ASHBY 14 6 14 0 - 34

TOTALS - WCA-A - Offense - 46-307; Turnovers - 2; Penalties - 3-5; PILLAGER - Offense - 56-178; Turnovers - 3; Penalties - 5-25

WCA-ASHBY OFFENSE - PASSING - Evan Paulson - 7-11, 175, 2 TD, 1 INT; Torin Olson - 0-2; RUSHING - Anthony Sykora - 17-108, TD; Mattson Hoff - 6-22; Hunter Norby - 4-10, TD; Evan Paulson - 6-(-8), TD; RECEIVING - Cole Anderson - 3-62; Hunter Norby - 2-55; Anthony Sykora - 1-42, TD; Ryder Staples - 1-16, TD

WCA-ASHBY DEFENSE - Reubens Swanson - 8.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Carson Spangler - 7 tackles, 1 TFL; Colton Lindquist - 5 tackles, 1 TFL; Mattson Hoff - 4 tackles; Hunter Norby - 3.5 tackles; Tyler Stone - 3.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL; Nas Dotts - 3 tackles, 2 TFL; Torin Olson - 2.5 tackles; Brady Lindquist - 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Justin Blascyk - 2 tackles; Beau Robinson - 2 tackles, 1 TFL; Ben Nyreen - 2 tackles; Sam Hanson - 1 tackle; Sykora - 1 tackle, 0.5 TFL; Sam Heeter - 1 tackle; Fred Schlotfield - 1 tackle

Melrose escapes Minnewaska with first win

Minnewaska was competitive in a road game at Melrose on Friday night, but the Dutchmen (1-2) came away with their first win in a 27-22 final as the Lakers fell to 0-3.

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A big play for Melrose in the fourth quarter led to the win as Tyler Rademacher found Devin Orbeck for a long touchdown pass to retake the lead.

Minnewaska also got a passing touchdown from Easton McCrory to Jack Majerus for 32 yards and a rushing touchdown of 10 yards from Majerus. Jack Larson had the Lakers’ other score as he recovered a fumble and returned it nearly 50 yards for a touchdown.

Minnewaska will welcome in Montevideo (0-3) on Sept. 24 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at home.

MINNEWASKA 0 8 6 8 - 22

MELROSE 7 7 7 6 - 27

TOTALS - MINNEWASKA - First downs - 12; Total offense - 39-212; Fumbles lost - 3; Penalties - 3-25; Time of possession - 18:36; MELROSE - First downs - 21; Total offense - 59-339; Fumbles lost - 2; Penalties - 2-20; Time of possession - 29:24

MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - PASSING - Easton McCrory - 1-3, TD, INT; RUSHING - McCrory - 17-54; PJ Johnson - 10-50; Jacob Blair - 4-46; Jack Majerus - 5-30, TD; RECEIVING - Jack Majerus - 1-32, TD

Scores from Friday, Sept. 17

(Stats not yet available)

Parkers Prairie (1-2) 32, Roseau (0-3) 6

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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