Eagles punish Broncos 60-8
Brady finds way to shut down passing game.
Brady’s offensive line used its size and strength to wear down a skimpy roster of players that Wauneta-Palisade brought to the Eagle football field Friday night.
Despite a spread offense designed by the Broncos to pull the Eagles apart, Brady dominated in every facet of the game winning 60-8.
“Our offensive line played very well,” said Brady coach Bob Frederickson. “I think we punished them a little while we had the ball and they didn’t have enough strength or enough kids to come back at us when they were on offense.”
Brady stuck to its physical style of running the ball, scoring all eight touchdowns and all six two-point conversions on the ground.
“That’s who we are and what we do,” Frederickson said. “Consistency has been a little bit of an issue with this team but everybody played the role we needed them to play.”
Brady’s defense stepped up as well. Wauneta-Palisade pushed inside the Eagle 20 yard line four times and were held out three.
The Broncos’s only scoring drive came at the end of the third quarter after a 65-yard drive against Brady’s reserves.
“Wauneta-Palisade throws so much that they could score quickly. The key was we didn’t give up the big plays,” Frederickson said. “That’s very gratifying as a coach.”
Frederickson was also pleased to see that all three of his varsity running backs had a solid night carrying the ball.
Junior Michael Neiman led the way with 189 yards in 11 carries including touchdown runs of 67, 37, 29 and 7 yards.
Senior Sawyer Burke added 146 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns and Tyler Kleinow had 62 yards on 10 carries for two touchdowns.
“We don’t have just one kid to lean on all the time,” the coach said. “We need the whole team to be on the same page for us to be successful.”
The Eagles move to 4-2 on the season and play at home again on Friday in D2-9 district action against Wallace (2-4).
It’s crunch time, Frederickson said, with only two district games left before playoffs.
“We’ve got to keep playing well and move forward,” Frederickson said. “I think the kids understand the gravity of everything with our schedule and the power points and playoffs. We have to take one game at a time and play the best we know how.”
Parents night activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with kickoff set for 7 p.m.