|Broncos look for first win at home against Maywood Friday|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 25 September 2014 16:54|
Chris Carl makes a diving tackle of the Banner County runner as Chase Rathe (45), Tyler Davis and Gage Crowell (right) move in. (DeAnn Davis| The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade football team fell to 0-3 last week after a 22-58 loss at Banner County.
Despite running twice as many plays and outgaining Banner County 80 yards to 44, WP trailed 0-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Broncos were able to tie the game at eight in the second quarter with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carl from Chase Rathe.
Banner County responded to the WP touchdown with 163 yards and two touchdowns. Billy Straub’s 74-yard touchdown run was the team’s best offense in the quarter and the Tyler Davis kick brought WP to within four, 16-20. The Broncos were never able to erase the deficit and headed into halftime down after a Banner County touchdown, 16-26.
Banner County controlled the clock in the second quarter, totaling 15:28 of possession to WP’s 5:07.
Co-head coach Joseph Frecks said the team played well in the first half, but gave up three touchdowns on fourth down plays.
“We had a few mistakes that hurt us in the first quarter, but we still had a chance to take the lead before half. We just weren’t quite able to finish the half the way we would have liked. Banner County had some good athletes who were able to make some timely plays for their team,” Frecks said.
The Wildcats took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns. Banner County outgained WP 130-41 yards.
Most of WP’s offense in the quarter came on a 41-yard pass from Rathe to Carl to set up a two-yard Straub touchdown.
Banner County scored three more times to round out the game.
Frecks said that even though the Broncos gave up a lot of points, the team continues to improve.
“We just need to find a way to give that little bit extra to finish out our defensive series,” Frecks said.
Gage Crowell led the defense with nine unassisted tackles. Rathe had seven and C. Carl six unassisted tackles.
“Gage (Crowell) and Chris (Carl) have been our most consistent players all year, and they played well again on Friday,” said Frecks.
Rathe completed two passes in the quarter for 36-yards. Carl caught one pass for 25-yards.
Rathe was the team’s leading passer with five completions in twelve attempts for 103 yards. Tyler Carl completed two-of-three passes for 20 yards.
Chris Carl racked up 92 yards on four receptions.
Straub rushed eight times for 44 yards, plus had two catches for 15 yards and three kickoff returns for 104 yards.
“Billy (Straub) also improved his play this week. We will be looking for some other kids to step up more this week and help us get the win against Maywood,” said Frecks.
Special teams, a thorn in the side of WP during its first two games, improved this week, according to Frecks.
“We improved greatly from the first two weeks to this week in our special team play. That is something that we always emphasize, and Coach Geier and I were very happy with our play there.”
The Broncos hope to break into the win column when it hosts Maywood Friday.
The Tigers beat Banner County 32-27 to open the season, but have since lost to Santee and Walthill.