Bobcats open BCS era with big victory

Published 12:15 am Friday, August 29, 2014

Brandywine’s Charlie Rodriguez dives to bring down a Bridgman running back Thursday night. (Leader photo/RON HARNER)

Brandywine’s Charlie Rodriguez dives to bring down a Bridgman running back Thursday night. (Leader photo/RON HARNER)

BRIDGMAN — The Brandywine football team looked like it was in mid-season form as it throttled host Bridgman 40-14 in the inaugural game of the BSC Athletic Conference Thursday night.

The Bobcats dominated Bridgman in every facet of the game — scoring on offense, defense and special teams.

Brandywine senior captains, tailback Marty Ward Jr. (132) and quarterback Andrew Duckett (106), led their team’s offense by combining for 238 of the Bobcat’s 267 yards rushing total on the night. The pair also scored two touchdowns apiece in the winning effort.

Not to be out done by the offense, the defense and special teams also showcased their football prowess by consistently dealing significant damage to any-and-all of Bridgman’s attempts to remain relevant throughout the course of the evening.

Bobcat linebacker Cordell Davis all but ended the game when he scooped up a Bees’ fumble and rumbled 53 yards to the end zone on the second to last play of the first half. If Davis’ play severely crippled Bridgman’s competitive edge, Seth Brown’s 93-yard return of the second half’s opening kickoff served as the killing blow to its chances.

In all, the Bobcat defense limited the Bees to just 235 yards of offense total (most of which came after Brandywine replaced its starters), forced five- umbles, recovering three (including Davis’ score), while Brown and the rest of the return team racked up over 150 yards and a touchdown in the return game, to round out a solid all around performance by coach Mike Nate’s team.

“We really played a complete game tonight, which is kind of a rarity in the first game of a new season,” Nate said. “Our guys were very understanding of the things we needed to get done on the football field, tonight, and they did it.

“We’re as happy as we can be after this one.”


Brandywine 7 14 19 0 — 40

Bridgman 0 0 0 14 — 14

BW: Andrew Duckett 47 yard run (Zachary Schmidt kick)

BW: Marty Ward Jr. 38 run (Schmidt kick)

BW: Cordell Davis 47 fumble recovery return (Schmidt kick)

BW: Seth Brown 93 kickoff return (Conversion failed)

BW: Ward Jr. 23 run (Schmidt kick)

BW: Duckett 18 run (Kick failed)

BR – Ryon Tym 6-yard TD run (Logan Peters kick good)

BR – Dan Koziel 4-yard TD run (Peters kick good)