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Football: Linemen leading B-E into Warriors matchup

The work in the trenches has set up the Brandon-Evansville football team for early success this season.

For further proof, Chargers head coach Tim Pattrin put it bluntly: “If you can't block, you can't win.”

The B-E linemen put on a clinic in its Sept. 7 game against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, a 54-15 win that included 383 rushing yards and 445 total yards of offense.

“Our line did a great job firing off the ball and creating a new line of scrimmage,” Pattrin said. “They opened up holes for our backs to run through, and our back ran hard and took care of the ball. We need to continue to develop as blockers and play hard-nosed football.”

Of those 383 rushing yards, 264 came from junior Marshall Riedel. With the time he had in the pocket, junior quarterback Keagan Schiele also set new program records for touchdown passes and passing yards in the win. The two combined for seven touchdowns before resting for the majority of the second half.

On Friday, Brandon-Evansville (1-1) matches up with Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. The Warriors went 2-7 last season, but they were 9-1 the year before and they’re already 2-0 this season.

“Wheaton has an aggressive defense, and we have to match that with fundamental blocking and hard running,” Pattrin said. “They have a dangerous, (dual-threat) QB… so we have to make sure to do our jobs on (defense).”

W-H-N is fresh off a 39-0 win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Sept. 7. The Warriors have averaged 34 points per game on the young season, the same as Brandon-Evansville and tied for 16th in the state in Class 9-Man.

Still, Pattrin is more concerned about his own team.

“We don't focus too much on who we are playing, we focus on ourselves,” he said. “We strive to be better each week and fix the mistakes from the previous week.”

If the Chargers are to see success on the gridiron tonight, Pattrin said it still starts on the line but then spreads throughout the team.

“We have to continue to gel on the offensive line,” he said. “Our backs need to continue to take care of the football. On (defense), we need to be better tacklers and continue to increase our aggression to get off blocks and finish the play.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Wheaton, where B-E will shoot for its sixth consecutive season of starting 2-1 or better.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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