|Bronco football team falls at Minatare, 16-46|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:15|
Tyler Davis stretches for a pass from Chase Rathe in the second quarter of the Broncos’ game against Minatare. The grab was good for WP’s first touchdown. (DeAnn Davis| The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos football team fell to 0-2 on the season with a 16-46 loss at Minatare Friday.
For the second week in a row the Broncos gave up a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff.
Co-head coach Randy Geier said special teams play was a problem throughout the game and gave Minatare great field position all night.
WP allowed another Minatare touchdown before getting on the board with a six-yard pass from Chase Rathe to Tyler Davis.
Trailing 8-12, Geier said the Broncos had a chance to take the lead heading into halftime but missed the opportunity. Minatare took advantage and scored with 25-seconds left in the half giving the Indians a 18-8 lead at intermission.
Geier said he and co-head coach Joseph Frecks felt like their team was still in the game going into the fourth quarter.
Geier said the team had the momentum in the fourth quarter, despite trailing 16-32.
“We came up short by an inch on a 4th down play in the 4th quarter deep in their territory,” said Geier. “If we had gotten the first down there, I think we would have won the game.”
Geier said the offense has been very productive at times.
“Our blocking was OK, but we need to be more consistent and that will come with experience. Gage (Crowell), Billy (Straub) and Joseph (Sramek)have been solid at running back.” Crowell led the team with 50 yards rushing. Sramek added 29-yards.
Chase Rathe caught two passes for 57 yards. Tyler Davis had two catches for 13 yards, including a six-yard touchdown pass from Rathe.
Rathe and Straub each completed two passes and the team totaled five completions for 70 yards.
Defensively, the coaches thought the team played and tackled well throughout the game. Chris Carl led the Broncos with seven solo tackles. Davis and Brody Nordhausen each had a sack.
WP will travel to Banner County Friday in Harrisburg.
Banner County moved to 0-2 on the season with a 46-65 loss to Hayes Center last week.
Geier said the Wildcats have an explosive offense and solid defense.
“They mix the run and pass very well. Defensively they are very aggressive and like to blitz. If we play a complete game, I think we have a great chance of winning on Friday.”