Golden Bears defeat Montpelier, remain undefeated
September 28, 2013By Chris Malanga of Bryan High School
The Bryan Golden Bears remain perfect on the season following Friday night’s 48-0 win over Montpelier at W.A. Howald Field.
Bryan got things started early when, just three plays into the game, Locos quarterback Keegan Hitzeman was intercepted by Brock Minor, who raced 39 yards the opposite way for the touchdown. The extra point by Andrew Rupp was good.
Montpelier went three and out on its next drive, and after the punt, Bryan went on a 9-play, 48 yard drive that was capped off with a Daniel Pendergrast 11 yard touchdown run. That score was set up on the previous play when Austin Schimmoeller hooked up with Brandon Poncsak for a 24 yard completion. Rupp’s PAT made it 14-0.
After another three and out for the Locos, the Bears went on an 11 play, 49 yard drive. Because of some sloppy play, they were penalized four times on the drive, with two of those penalties negating scores. However, Schimmoeller found Derek Knisely streaking across the middle of the field and hit him with a 23 yard touchdown pass. Rupp’s extra point made it 21-0.
After Montpelier punted again, the Bears looked like they were moving quickly. Following gains of 19 and 10, the Bryan drive stalled after three Schimmoeller incompletions, and the Bears turned the ball over on downs for the only time in the game.
With 7:13 remaining in the first half, Montpelier recorded their first first down of the game. Two plays later, however, Hitzeman would throw his second interception of the game, this time to a wide open Poncsak. Two Pendergrast runs of 12 and 53 yards later, and the Bears were in the end zone for their fourth score of the night. Rupp’s PAT made it 28-0.
Bryan would score once more before the end of the half, following a Montpelier punt. After a 45 yard scamper by Brandon Dean and a 16 yard pickup by Jerad Carroll, Jake Jones rushed it in from 8 yards out. The extra point by Rupp made it 35-0 at the half.
The Bears got the second half kickoff, and went on a 6 play, 54 yard drive, capped off with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Poncsak. Rupp missed the extra point, and the score was 41-0.
Leading 41-0 with 4:11 to go in the third, Bryan had first and goal from the 8. The went into a wildcat offense, and the Bears threw it away in the end zone for a touchback. Following the touchback, Montpelier had to punt for the fifth time.
Bryan punted for the first time in the game with 10:11 to go in the fourth quarter. Montpelier’s Hitzeman had a 70 yard run all the way to the Bryan 10 yard line. Corbin Garza made the touchdown saving tackle.
From there, the Bears’ second team defense stepped up for four straight plays, and the Locos turned it over on downs at the Bryan 10. On the very first play from scrimmage, third string quarterback Jacob Kuba handed the ball off to Jerad Carroll who took it 90 yards to the house. Rupp’s PAT was good, to make it 48-0.
The Bryan offense was led by Schimmoeller, who went 6-16 for 101 yards and a TD. Brandon Dean was 3-3 with 40 yards and a touchdown in relief.
Carroll was the leading rusher with 116 yards on just three carries, including the 90 yard touchdown. Pendergrast had 7 rushes for 77 yards and 2 TDs. His longest run was 53 yards. Bryan also saw positive yardage from Brandon Dean (4-64), Schimmoeller (4-29) and Jordan Armbruster (5-20).
Leading receivers were Knisely (3-53, TD) Poncsak (2-47, TD), and Pendergrast (3-35).
For the Locos, Hitzeman was 0-2 with 2 INT passing, and added 102 yard rushing on 18 carries. Nathan Buehrer started at running back because of injury, and finished with 12 carries for 35 yards.
With the win, Bryan moves to 5-0 on the season, and 3-0 in the NWOAL. The Bears will host the undefeated Wauseon Indians next Friday night for Homecoming at Golden Bear Stadium. Montpelier, meanwhile, is now 1-4 and 0-3 in the league and will host Archbold.
Watch the TV rebroadcast on BMU-TV 3, Saturday at 7:00 PM. The game will also be available on demand at BryanSports.com beginning on Sunday.