Eagle football team wins back-to-back
Brady beats Callaway 54-18.
Less than four minutes after the opening kickoff in Brady’s game with Callaway Friday night, the Eagles found themselves in unfamiliar territory.
They were ahead.
Junior quarterback Kyle Pohlman rushed for a touchdown on Brady’s first possession and the Eagles led 6-0 with just over eight minutes to play in the first period.
The Eagles forged ahead from there and never looked back in their 54-18 homecoming win over the Bears.
“These kids have changed a lot about who they are,” said coach Darren Tobey. “There is definitely a different feeling on the sidelines.”
Brady capitalized on two costly Callaway turnovers to take an 18-0 lead heading into the second period.
The Bears didn’t give in, though, putting two touchdowns on the board before halftime to close the gap to 18-12.
Tobey said the Eagle coaching staff challenged the Brady team and the boys responded with another score before halftime.
Pohlman broke free for a long touchdown run with less than a minute to play until halftime.
“When we scored right before the half, I think it helped our confidence and it put a dagger in Callaway,” Tobey said.
The Bears didn’t threaten again as Brady held them scoreless in the third quarter while racking up another 24 points.
Playing with a lead is an all new situation, the coach said.
“We want the kids to understand that no matter what the score is, they have to keep working hard,” he said. “They never quit attacking.”
Pohlman finished with 167 yards rushing on 28 carries. He was also 4-of-6 passing for 113 yards and four touchdowns.
Brad Ward earned 153 yards rushing on 15 carries and Dalton Riedel had two receptions for 77 yards.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Tobey said. “The boys did great in a lot of areas Friday night but we’re not finished yet.”
The last time the Brady football team won a homecoming game was a 56-22 victory over Maxwell in 1995.
The last time the Eagles earned a state playoff berth was 1998.
Tobey is quick to say, though, that the Eagle coaches aren’t talking about the playoffs.
“We haven’t mentioned playoffs. We don’t even talk about winning,” he said. “We’re just focusing on the attitude and playing with heart. We can see it in their eyes that they’re starting to trust not only the coaches but their teammates. That’s how it’s supposed to work.”
The Eagles move to 2-1 on the season. They will host Loomis, also 2-1, on Friday night.
Tobey said the Wolves are not big but are a solid team that will spread the field.
“There are people out there still thinking winning two games was a fluke,” Tobey said. “We want them to come back and see it’s the real thing.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. For those unable to attend, the game will be broadcast on KODY 1240 AM and will be streamed live on www.huskeradio.com.