ST. PAUL — The Broken Bow football team controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
The Indians racked up 298 yards on the ground, while the defense held St. Paul to 75 rushing yards, en route to a 33-8 win Friday.
Broken Bow coach Mike Garner said he was pleased with how both sides played, especially with Noah Garey, Levi Clarke and Tyler Yarrington, who were filling for injured players on the offensive line. He added later on in the game, controlling the line of scrimmage wore St. Paul down.
“I was pretty pleased with both the offensive and defensive lines,” Garner said. “We had some young kids up front do a great job for us tonight. I think you could tell St. Paul was getting tired as the game wore on.”
Meanwhile, St. Paul was having trouble keeping its offense on the field in the first half. The Wildcats ran 12 plays for 11 yards with an interception. Overall, they had 116 yards of offense.
“We showed no emotion and came out flat,” St. Paul coach Travis Brouillette said. “Running only 12 plays of offense in the first half is not good at all. It was bad all the way around.”
Broken Bow scored 12 points in the first half after gaining 143 yards on 36 plays. A missed field goal and lost fumble ruined the Indians’ chances for more points in the first half, but Garner said he still liked what he saw.
“We probably should have had more than 12 points in the first half, but overall we were pleased with how we were playing offensively,” Garner said. “We controlled the clock in the first half.”
The Indians distanced themselves in the second half. They started on a 10-play scoring drive. Zac Jones ran on a 57-yard run that took Broken Bow to the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Nate Evans scored on a 1-yard run.
On the next possession, Evans broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach.
Evans had nine carries for 73 yards and three touchdowns, while Jones had 22 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Austin Helzer was 4-for-14 for 41 yards with two intercepton but did score on a 4-yard run for the Wildcats. Nolan Dethlefs had nine carries for 47 yards for St. Paul.
Garner said he was happy to see the Indians bounce back after suffering losses to Cozad and Valentine the last two weeks.
“The last two weeks have been hard for the kids and for the coaches as well,” Garner said. “We played two good teams but at the same time, we wanted to play better. But I’m happy that we got the win tonight.”
Broken Bow (3-2)...........................0 12 0 21—33
St. Paul (0-5)..............................0 0 0 8—8
BB — Evans 1 run (kick failed), 1:16.
BB — Jones 9 run (run failed), 0:02.
BB — Evans 1 run (Johnson kick), 11:37.
BB — Evans 53 run (Johnson kick), 9:35.
SP — Helzer 4 run (Helzer pass to Lukasiewicz), 5:02.
BB — Miller 45 pass to Lemburg (Johnson kick), 2:41.
First Downs 16 5
Rushes-yards 51-298 25-75
Passing yards 80 41
Comp-Att-Int 3-5-0 4-14-2
Fumbles 3-1 1-0
Penalties 3-30 3-10
RUSHING – BB: Jones 22-144, Evans 10-73, Minnick 9-45, Miller 8-30, Christner 2-6. SP: Dethlefs 9-47, Helzer 9-11, Costello 3-18, Schulte 2-2, Gross 1-0, Paczosa 1-(minus 3).
PASSING – BB: Miller 3-5-0-80, SP: Helzer 4-14-2-41.
RECEIVING – BB: Lemburg 1-45, Albus 2-35. SP: Costello 1-15, Dethlefs 1-11, Brouillette 1-10, Colsor 1-7.