Eagles improve to 5-2
When the Wallace defense keyed on Brady standout Sawyer Burke to limit his rushing yards Friday night, the Wildcats may not have expected another Eagle to step flawlessly into the spotlight.
But Tyler Kleinow didn’t skip a beat as he rushed for 200 yards on 11 carries and chalked up five touchdowns for the Eagles in Brady’s 56-0 shutout over Wallace.
“We have multiple threats,” said Eagle coach Bob Frederickson. “When they focus on one guy, we’ll just send another. This week it was Tyler and last week it was (Michael) Neiman. We’ve got plenty of options.”
Frederickson called a variety of plays to gain the advantage over the Wildcats.
“We knew they were quick and we knew they would play physical,” he said. “They slowed us down a little bit but we focus on the power of our offensive line.”
All together the Eagles earned 461 yards on the ground averaging just over 9 yards per carry.
“We’re playing very well right now,” Frederickson said. “I’m so impressed with how much the kids have grown, how much improved our overall football IQ is. We take what the defense gives us and we adjust to make it work.”
The coach told his team prior to the game he believed they could win by 50 points.
“I honestly thought it would take us the whole game to do it, though,” he said.
Brady led 22-0 after one quarter and had a 42-0 advantage at halftime.
The Eagles held Wallace out of the endzone, despite playing reserves much of the second half.
The win moves Brady to 5-2 on the season with one district game remaining.
The Eagles travel to Hayes Center (6-1) for a Thursday night game to wrap up the regular season.
“I think we match up with Hayes Center very well,” Frederickson said.
The outcome will determine Brady’s standing in the D-2 playoffs.
“You can look at all the different playoff scenarios and try to guess what’s going to happen,” Frederickson said, “but what matters right now is what happens at Hayes Center.”