Brandywine’s Pierce Gleason (5) is hauled down during a kick return by Cassopolis’ Ian Montgomery Friday night. The Rangers blanked the Bobcats 42-0 in Lakeland Conference play. (Daily Star photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

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Rangers rope Bobcats 42-0

Published 12:17am Saturday, October 1, 2011

“To win a football game you have to be a hammer,” said Brandywine football head coach Mike Nate. “Tonight we were the nail.”

The Bobcats (4-2) traveled to Cassopolis to face the Rangers in a Lakeland Conference match-up Friday night where they lost in blowout fashion dropping the game 42-0.

Cassopolis (3-3) reeling from blowout losses themselves in its last two outings had a dominating all around performance in its Homecoming game. The Rangers rushed for 394 yards and seven touchdowns and threw for another 79 yards on offense while their defense held Brandywine to just 86 yards total.

The Rangers’ backfield duo of Jaylin Lawson and Tyrone Christopher combined for 321 yards on 43 carries and all seven of the Cass scores.

Lawson in particular gave the Bobcats defense a hard time. He had scoring runs of 20, 11, 29 and 71 yards. The tailback rushed for 209 yards on 23 carries to go with his four scores. The 71 yarder came on a fourth and two dive play that turned into a track meet when Lawson punched through the line and outran three tailing Bobcats to the end zone.

It was a painful performance in more ways than one for Brandywine.

Starting running back Courtlan Gordon went down with an injury early in the first quarter and never returned.

“Gordon going down hurt us. It’s no excuse, but his injury hurt us,” Nate said.

With Gordon going down, the offense turned to its freshman quarterback Andrew Duckett to get things going with his arm. He completed eight of his 21 attempts gaining 105 yards in the process. Senior Austin Bertschy led the Bobcats receiving corps with four catches for 60 yards. Gordon finished as the Bobcats leading rusher with three yards on three carries.

Nate thought his team’s passing attack was the bright spot of an otherwise woeful game. “We’ve been working the passing game and I think we threw the ball pretty good,” he said.

Despite the lopsided loss, the Brandywine coach was still positive on the outlook of the rest of the season.

“We are still a 4-2 football team. Our goal this season was to win six and make the playoffs. We still have a chance to make our goals and that’s all you can ask for,” he said.

The Bobcats will be back in action next Friday as they travel to take on Edwardsburg at 7 p.m.

Cassopolis 12 12 6 12 – 42

Brandywine 0 0 0 0 – 0

C – Tyrone Christopher 8yd run (kick blocked)

C – Jaylin Lawson 20 yd run (2-point conversion failed)

C – Christopher 7yd run (2-point coversion failed)

C – Christopher 5 yd run (2-point conversion failed)

C – Lawson 71 yd run (2-point conversion failed.

C – Lawson 11 yd run (2-point conversion failed)

C – Lawson 29 yd run (2-point conversion failed)

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