Bobcats steamroll River Valley 49-0Published 11:07pm Friday, October 19, 2012
The Brandywine football team wrapped up the regular season and sent its seniors, who were playing in their final home game, out in style with a 49-0 drubbing of River Valley at Selge Field Friday night.
The game was never competitive as the Bobcats’ offense built a 42 point while the defense completely shutting down the Mustangs’ offense with negative 13-yards total at the half.
Brandywine (7-2) outgained River valley (2-7) 280-49 in total.
Senior standout tailback Courtlan Gordon pounded out 135-yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Gordon ended the regular season with 1,532 rushing yards with 19 touchdowns on 181 carries all together. He also had two touchdown receptions for the Bobcats.
To say that the Bobcats’ rushing attack was vital to their success this season would be like saying a fisherman’s boat was crucial to his success during the fishing season, as the two were synonymous.
The team rolled up 2,443 yards and 38 touchdowns on the ground and averaged just over 270 rushing yards a game for the season.
Senior offensive linemen Alexander Walters and Patrick Van Kirk were quick to point out that their team’s focus and determination to make history were the forces that drove them to accomplish this season’s team goals.
“Last year’s 5-4 season had a little sour note to it and we wanted to come in this year and get things done and have this happen,” Van Kirk said. “This means the world to us. We had one goal every single Monday, go 1-0 this week. We kept the intensity up, busted our butts at every practice and brought it to whatever team we were playing on Friday,” Walters said.
Bobcat head coach Mike Nate said it was his team’s senior leadership that really allowed for the program to enjoy the amount of success that it had this year.
“They all did a super job. They’ve come so far as a class, you know, when they were freshmen playing on the JV they only scored one touchdown the entire season, now here they are going to the playoffs. Their leadership was the key this year,” Nate said.
Brandywine will find out Sunday who it will face next Friday in the opening round of the MHSAA playoffs, but both Nate and his players were adamant that regardless of their opponent, the Bobcats are coming to play.
“I’ve heard Schoolcraft, I’ve heard Watervliet, we’ll see how it comes out of the wash but I’ll tell you this, I wouldn’t want to play us because we’re playing our best football of the year,” Nate said.
When asked about his team’s expectations for next week Van Kirk said simply.
“No matter who we get, we will let it be known, that we did not come here (to the playoffs) to lose,” he said.
Brandywine 22 20 7 0 – 49
River Valley 0 0 0 0 – 0
B – Marty Ward 8 run (Courtlan Gordon run)
B – Gordon 15 run (Ward run)
B – Gordon 25 run (conversion failed)
B – Alec Nichols 36 pass from Andrew Duckett (kick failed)
B – Trevor Jones 1 run (Gordon run)
B – Michael Shelton 5 run (kick failed)
B – Shelton 1 run (Michael Lewark kick)