WP stays undefeated with win over Brady, hosts Garden County Friday
Behind a strong running game, the Wauneta-Palisade football team remains undefeated.
WP racked up nearly 400 yards of offense Friday in a defeat of Brady.
The game didn’t get off to a great start for the Broncos.
Brady scored on the first play of the game, a 65-yard run.
WP drove to the Brady 16-yard line, where a fumble derailed its opening drive.
Brady quickly put WP in a 0-13 hole with a 36-yard touchdown pass.
WP Co-Head Coach Joseph Frecks said the team’s response was outstanding.
“We did not have to say much on the sideline, the boys stayed focused and trusted that if we just played disciplined football and kept doing things right that we would be ok,” Frecks said. “It can be very difficult to stay the course and not panic down two scores very early in the game, but that’s exactly what the boys did and we were extremely proud of them for that, and that experience of coming from behind may pay off down the road as well.”
With its back to the wall, WP put up 32-straight points as the Broncos took care of the ball and its running game punished the Brady defense.
A 25-yard run by Dalton Harchelroad set up a one-yard touchdown run by Dennis Cavanaugh.
After stopping the Eagles’ offense, Cavanaugh scored on another one-yard run after a 11-yard pass from Duncan Rector to Caid Doetker had WP knocking of the door of the end zone.
Holding a 16-13 lead, WP continued develop its passing game.
An 18-yard screen pass from Rector to Harchelroad kept a Bronco drive alive, allowing Austen Rozelle to find the end zone on a 22-yard run.
After a Brady turnover on downs, the Broncos’ screen pass worked well once more in the quarter when Harchelroad took the Rector pass 32-yards for WP’s final touchdown of the half.
“Brady was a very aggressive, fast defense,” Frecks said. “This aggressiveness allowed the screen game to be successful. Coach Geier did a great job of timing the calls, and the boys executed very effectively.”
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