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Football: Chargers not panicked ahead of Park Christian matchup

The Brandon-Evansville football team is keeping the big picture in mind in light of a 2-4 start to the season.

“Our main goal is still in our sights,” Chargers head coach Tim Pattrin said. “Yes, it will be a tough road to get there, but it can happen.”

B-E is coming off a 20-14 loss to Underwood (5-1) from a week ago -- its fourth six-point loss of the season -- but the Chargers remain optimistic heading into Friday’s home matchup against Park Christian.

“We have seen improvement each week in our pad level, tackling, and blocking,” Pattrin said. “Our young guys are learning what it takes to close out games and finish. Once we figure that out, we will be a tough team to contend with.”

The Falcons are 1-5 this season with a defense that allows an average of 41.7 points per game. Their lone win came in a 41-40 game against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, two weeks after Brandon-Evansville won a 54-15 game against the Comets.

“Park Christian likes to throw the ball around, so it will be a change in what we've seen over the last couple weeks,” Pattrin said. “We need to be aggressive on both sides of the ball in the run game. We need to get to our spots to defend their passing game.”

The Chargers will head in with confidence despite recent stumbling blocks, having lost their last two and three of four.

“So many people give up when they hit a bump in the road, but not this team,” Pattrin said. “They have taken each bump in the road in stride, learned and gotten better. That's what I'm most proud of so far this year, the character of this team.”

At the same time, though, Brandon-Evansville knows it still has improvements to make and adjustments to prepare for.

“We have to continue to get our pad level down and move our feet,” Pattrin said. “We have to limit our mental mistakes when we see a new wrinkle in our opponent.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Brandon, and Pattrin said he’s happy to be on his home turf as the Chargers try to return to the win column.

“The kids are focused and ready to take care of business Friday night in front of our great fans,” he said. “We've been on the road four of the last six weeks, so it'll be nice to be home.”

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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