Joel Maris keeps his eyes on the Raiders’ defender during a first-half run. The senior had only one rush in the contest, but contributed six solo tackles in the win.

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Bronco defense comes up big in win over Medicine Valley

The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos football team remains undefeated heading into its bye week after a 36-16 win Friday over previously unbeaten Medicine Valley.
    Medicine Valley came into the game averaging 375 yards on offense, including over 300-yards average on the ground, and 57 points per game after wins over Wallace and Elwood.
    But the Bronco defense played well all game, holding the Raiders to 117 yards rushing and 104 passing.
    “It was a fun, well-played game on both sides of the ball,” WP Co-Head Coach Joseph Frecks said. “Medicine Valley is a solid, well-coached team. We felt like the defense played very aggressively throughout the game, which has been a priority.”
    The WP offense got the game off on the right foot. Starting at their own 18-yard line, the Broncos drove steadily down the field behind the rushing abilities of Dennis Cavanaugh, Dalton Harchelroad, Duncan Rector and Austen Rozelle.
    Rozelle reaped the benefits of his teammates’ hard work, scoring on a 7-yard run.
    MV looked to pick up where it had left off in its first two games, but a tackle by Rozelle behind the line of scrimmage, followed by a Cavanaugh sack, shut down the Raiders’ first drive.
    WP could fare no better on its next drive and quickly punted to Medicine Valley.
    The Raiders moved backwards on their first two plays before breaking loose for a 55-yard run down the sideline to set up MV on the WP  3-yard line.
    The Broncos defense tightened its grip on the MV offense and gave the ball back to the WP offense on the 9-yard line.
    Frecks highlighted the stop  as an important part of the game.
    Looking down the long field didn’t intimidate the Broncos. With both Rector and Rozelle taking snaps at quarterback, WP overcame a fourth-and-one to score a touchdown as Cavanaugh stretched over the goal line from 3 yards out.

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