Golden Bears Get Easy Victory in Week One
August 31, 2013Bryan High School
From the opening kickoff at Golden Bear Stadium, there was very little doubt that the game wouldn’t be in Bryan’s control. Van Wert (0-1) fumbled the opening kickoff and it was recovered by Bryan (1-0) deep in Cougar’s territory at the 34-yard line. The first play from the line of scrimmage, Austin Schimmoeller connected with Sean Culler, which put the Bears inside the ten-yard line. Thirty-two seconds into the drive, Bryan had already taken a 7-0 lead. That was just the beginning to the offensive outbreak for the Golden Bears, who defeated Van Wert 69-31. All 69 of Bryan’s points came in the first three quarters of tonight’s game.
Not surprisingly, Schimmoeller led the way tonight for Bryan. The senior standout completed 16 of his 23 pass attempts for 324 yards and six touchdowns. He added two more touchdowns on the ground. The best part about Schimmoeller’s stats? He did it all in just a bit over two quarters of play. Coach Kline pulled most of his starters including his quarterback after it only took them 1:50 to go 55 yards and score a touchdown, extended the lead to 55-13 early in the third period.
It was hard to key on any one Golden Bears receiver as Schimmoeller spread the ball around quite evenly. Eight Bryan receivers caught at least one pass, led by Culler’s three receptions for 85 yards. Daniel Pendergrast wasn’t far behind with his four catches and 68 yards. Six Bryan receivers caught a touchdown pass: Culler, Pendergrast, Brandon Poncsak, Travis Peters, Dakota McNany, and Brock Minor. Minor went out early in the first quarter with what appeared to be a knee injury. The senior wide receiver didn’t see the field the rest of the night. Not because his injury was serious, but because the Golden Bears were already on top of the Cougars 21-0, and Coach Kline did not see the point in risking a serious injury in a game that was already well in control.
Bryan’s offense looked like it was already in mid-season form. The most amount of points the Golden Bears put up last season was 60 in a 60-14 blowout of Swanton. The Bears surpassed that total already in week one of this season. The offense got in a rhythm early, and there wasn’t a thing Van Wert could do about it.
Coach Kline was very impressed with his inexperienced offensive line. If there was one concern going into tonight’s contest, it was how the three new starters on the offensive line would play. They did a fantastic job protecting Schimmoeller and giving him lots of time in the pocket to get rid of the ball. Not only did the offense shine tonight, but also the Golden Bears defense looked great, especially when the first team was on the field. The defensive line got to Van Wert’s quarterback, Colin Smith, quite frequently, and the secondary of Poncsak, Jose Alcantar, and Corbin Garza all recorded an intercept. (Poncsak 2).
Although there wasn’t much to be excited about if you are a Van Wert fan, Terrence Branson was the Cougar’s lone bright spot. He rushed for 65 yards and touchdown and caught five passes for 160 yards to go along with three touchdowns. Not many wide receivers are going to have the blow by speed that Branson put on display tonight. It wasn’t hard to tell that Van Wert was a young team, but they have some things to be excited about. It was all about running into a Bryan team that had them well over-matched.
The Cougars will have their home opener next Friday night against Ottowa. The Golden Bears will be on the road next week traveling to Archbold.