Eagles end season with loss to SEM
SUMNER—Four penalties assessed against the Eagles on four separate SEM fourth-down plays allowed scoring drives to continue, giving the Mustangs enough momentum to push past Brady 48-24 in the first round of the Class D-2 state playoffs Thursday night.
Brady coach Bob Frederickson said his team handled SEM’s speed decently but critical Eagle mistakes at inopportune times gave the Mustangs an edge.
“SEM got a few breaks and took advantage of them,” Frederickson said. “I don’t think the score is reflective of how close this game really was.”
SEM scored early in the first quarter to take a 6-0 advantage but Brady came back to take an 8-6 lead at the end of the period.
Frederickson said all four of Brady’s untimely penalty calls that led to SEM scores came in the second quarter.
“We made some mistakes that we don’t normally make and they were able to capitalize on them and stretch out the score,” he said.
When the Mustangs scored on the opening drive of the second half, the coach said his players felt the heavy blow but never gave in.
“We were wearing them down,” he said. “Just not quite enough.”
Sawyer Burke led the Eagle offense with 155 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns including a 67-yard scoring run.
The senior running back finishes the season with 1,027 yards rushing, 185 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns.
Fellow senior Tyler Kleinow earned 100 yards on seven carries with one touchdown run of 65 yards.
He ends the year with 624 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tyler Egenberger had three receptions for 55 yards with one 16-yard touchdown catch.
Defensively, six Brady seniors finished with double-digit tackles led by Lincoln Blede who had eight solo tackles and 10 assists.
Blede was also the season leader for tackles with 94 total.
Ryan Porter earned 10 solos with six assists while Egenberger had six solos and eight assists and Tyrel Grasz finished with 11 solos and four assists.
Kleinow and Burke recorded 10 tackles each.
“This was a really disappointing loss for me,” Frederickson said. “In my heart of hearts, I thought we could get to the semi-finals. I thought if we could get past SEM, we matched up well in the next round.”
The Eagles end the year with a 6-3 record.
“This group of juniors and seniors has now played in more state playoff games than anyone in school history,” Frederickson said. “Everyone talks so much about last year’s team (which went 8-2 into the second round) but this year’s team rushed for more yards and scored more points. They’ve come a long way and this group of seniors will leave some pretty big shoes to fill.”