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High School Football: Homecoming remains advantage in victory over Becker

Opponents must shudder when they learn they're providing the opposition for the Brainerd Warriors homecoming game. Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Brainerd ripped off 28 straight points and stymied the Becker Bulldogs' offense on its w...

Brainerd's Brady Anderson (left) and Morgan Gibson celebrate after Gibson's interception against Becker Saturday, Oct. 6, during Brainerd's homecoming game. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd's Brady Anderson (left) and Morgan Gibson celebrate after Gibson's interception against Becker Saturday, Oct. 6, during Brainerd's homecoming game. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

 

Opponents must shudder when they learn they're providing the opposition for the Brainerd Warriors homecoming game.

Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Brainerd ripped off 28 straight points and stymied the Becker Bulldogs' offense on its way to a 35-21 homecoming victory in front of a capacity crowd at chilly Adamson Field Saturday, Oct. 6. The victory raised Brainerd's record to 17-2 in homecoming games in the 2000s.

"The start wasn't what we wanted," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said. "I told the kids at halftime that 'Becker is behaving like it's their homecoming. Let's wake up and get going.' We did play about a good eight minutes in the first half. Homecoming (week) is long. You could see it in the kids, but they found the juice.

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Warriors 35, Becker 21

  • The key: Brainerd scored 28 points in a row
  • Overall: Brd 3-3, Becker 2-4
  • Next: Moorhead at Brainerd 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

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"We're really happy. I appreciate the crowd support and (support) from the community. There are few things like Brainerd homecoming. Just look around."

The North Central District win squared Brainerd's overall record at 3-3 with a home game against Moorhead Friday, Oct. 12, and a road game at Sartell Oct. 17 remaining in the regular season.

"It's big, especially with the big crowd," Warriors quarterback Sam Miller said of the win. "Everyone was rooting for us to win. It was big to get that."

Miller led the Warriors' offensive thrust by completing 12 of 17 passes (71 percent) for 170 yards and second-quarter TDs of 60 yards to Owen Davis and 21 yards to Pat Gervenak. In the first half, Miller was 9-for-12 for 149 yards.

"The receivers were just getting themselves open," Miller said, "and I was just finding that window."

Gervenak totaled five catches for 77 yards including an acrobatic, one-handed, diving reception in the opening quarter. Davis added 74 yards on four receptions.

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"Sam was really on," Stolski said. "I thought he threw well. Some of the catches the kids made-Gervenak is just at another level of a high school receiver. He doesn't always get that kind of credit. That catch on the sideline-you will not see those. That's an ESPN deal-one-handed, covered, left-handed."

Running back Joe Klang broke the 100-yard mark for the fifth game this season with a 142-yard effort and ran for a touchdown. Davon Stuckey added 62 yards and a pair of scores.

"I was happy to see Stuckey get going," Stolski said. "We tried to rotate the backs. The kids made the tough yards when they knew (Becker was) going to come. We didn't want to run Sam much."

Brainerd's defense restricted the Bulldogs to 14 points and 212 yards through three quarters. Linebacker Jacob Drietz recovered a fumble for the third time this season. Defensive lineman Morgan Gibson intercepted a pass on the game's second-to-last play.

With the score deadlocked at 14 in the second quarter, Miller hit Davis for a 12-yard gain to the Becker 21 on fourth and four. On the second-to-last play of the half, Miller and Gervenak hooked up for a 21-yard score. The third of five Zach Henke extra-point kicks made it 21-14 Brainerd which was the score at the half.

"'Gerv' he kind of stopped," Miller said of the TD pass. "The safety was on his back. I threw it to the inside and he got in the end zone."

Stuckey capped the Warriors' first possession of the second half with a 14-yard scoring burst and Brainerd led by 14.

On the sixth play of the final quarter, Stuckey rammed into the end zone from a yard out for a 35-14 Warrior edge.

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The Bulldogs closed the deficit to the final score with 2:53 remaining on a 26-yard strike from quarterback Josh Fobbe to wide receiver Kevyn Vilayphanh. Fobbe finished with 193 yards passing, Vilayphanh with 127 yards receiving.

Justin Reichele's 13-yard TD run was the game's first score six minutes into the contest. A 15-yard Brainerd penalty helped Becker march 76 yards in 10 plays.

Klang's 8-yard rush and Henke's kick gave the Warriors a 7-6 lead. Brainerd converted two fourth downs on the drive, on a 6-yard Klang run and Gervenak's 16-yard, one-handed, diving catch.

The Bulldogs' Nicholas Goth tallied on their next possession. His run for the 2-point conversion put Becker up 14-7. Fobbe opened the series with a 48-yard pass to Vilayphanh.

Later in the second quarter, Davis and Miller connected for a 60-yard score as Davis got behind and outraced the Bulldogs' secondary.

"Owen just had his guy beat," Miller said. "I threw it up for him. He ran underneath and got in."

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Becker 6 8 0 7-21

Brainerd 7 14 7 7-35

 

First quarter

Bec-Justin Reichele 13 run (pass fails) 6:12

Brd-Joe Klang 8 run (Zach Henke kick) 1:00

Second quarter

Bec-Nicholas Goth 4 run (Goth run) 11:55

Brd-Owen Davis 60 pass from Sam Miller (Henke kick) 5:22

Brd-Pat Gervenak 21 pass from Miller (Henke kick) 0:19

Third quarter

Brd-Davon Stuckey 14 run (Henke kick) 4:28

Fourth quarter

Brd-Stuckey 1 run (Henke kick) 10:12

Bec-Kevyn Vilayphanh 26 pass from Josh Fobbe (Cade Callahan kick) 2:53

 

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: Brd 53-196, Bec 32-143

Pass comp-att-int-yds: Brd 12-17-0-170, Bec 15-25-1-193

Total offense: Brd 366, Bec 336

 

Individual leaders

Rushing: Brd-Sam Miller 4-1, Joe Klang 26-142, Ben Staehling 4-11, Davon Stuckey 13-62, Pat Gervenak 1-(-1), Caden Schoeppner 2-(-1), Isaiah Windorski 1-(-7), Brandt Patton 1-(-6), Team 1-(-5); Bec-Kevin Andres 6-12, Nicholas Goth 12-63, Justin Reichele 10-63

Passing: Brd-Miller 12-17-170; Bec-Josh Fobbe 15-25-193

Receiving: Brd-Pat Gervenak 5-77, Owen Davis 4-74, Gabe Smith 1-8, Levi McDonald 1-6, Stuckey 1-5; Bec-Kevyn Vilayphanh 7-127, Joseph James 4-34

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