Broken Bow tops Gothenburg in Instant Classic
Broken Bow's Marcus Miller hands off to Zac Jones during their victory over Gothenburg. Photo Courtesy of Deb Egenberger/Gothenburg Times
GOTHENBURG -- After Gothenburg's 21-20 triple-overtime victory last season, it was Broken Bow's turn to break the Swedes hearts on their home field. A late goal line stop by Grayson Minnick and and an interception by Jordan Lemburg helped Broken Bow seal a 15-14 victory to move to 2-0 on the season.
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After a scoreless first quarter by both teams, the Indians opened the scoring in the second with a one-yard run by full back Jeremy Christner. Quarterback Marcus Miller then completedÂ a pass to Christner for a two point conversion to push the lead to 8-0.
Broken Bow's defense would hold for the rest of the half as they took that lead into the locker room. They continued their momentum in the third quarter when half back Zac Jones found the end zone from four yards out.Â
A Tanner Johnson extra point made the lead 15-0 in the third quarter. Another stout quarter by the Broken Bow defense kept the lead at 15-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
That's when the Swede's offense started to come alive.Â
Running back Logan Sheets put up Gothenburg's first touchdown on a 31-yard scamper. They added a Blake Ristine two point conversion on a run to make the score 15-8.Â
Broken Bow then went on a long drive before a fumble gave the ball back to the Swedes. Gothenburg would score their second touchdown off of the turnover when Sheets took it in from five yards out.Â
In a reverse replay from last season, the Swedes needed a two-point conversion to keep their hopes alive. They tried to run in it for two points, but Minnick stepped up and made the play at the goal line to keep the lead in tact.
Gothenburg recovered the ensuing onside kick to have yet another shot, but a Lemburg interception sealed the game for Broken Bow.
For Broken Bow coach Mike Garner, it was just a another grueling Broken Bow- Gothenburg fight.
"We lost the yardage battle, but managed to win the war, 15-14, in what was another typical physical game with Gothenburg," Garner said.Â
Winning the game was impressive for the Indians considering they were out gained on total yardage, 334-224.
Jones finished as the leading rusher for the Indians with 164 yards rushing on 22 carries. Minnick would grab 120 yards with his 26 carries and Christner added 57 yards on 11 carries. Jones and Christner had the Broken Bow touchdowns.
Miller completed five of 11 passes for 83 yards.
On the receiving end, Hunter Campbell pulled in four passes for 64 yards and Jones had one reception for 19 yards.
Minnick, Nate Evans and Taylor O' Brien lead the way defensively for the Indians, but it was a team tackling effort as most of the tackles were gang tackles.
Campbell had another strong day in the secondary with three interceptions to go with Lemburg's one.
Gothenburg running back Logan Sheets finished the game with 110 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Blake Ristine completed seven of his 11 attempts for 127 yard ands threw two interceptions.
Broken Bow returns home for their next contest to take on Cozad, who comes in with a 1-1 record. They dropped their week 1 contest to Adams Central 14-0 then beat up on Mitchell 77-26.
Though Christner may not get as many carries as some of his teammates, he has been effective with the ball so far this season.
â€śJeremy has fit in very well with our other kids,â€ť coach Mike Garner said. â€śHeâ€™s pretty athletic and plays pretty hard. Weâ€™ve been rotating him with Grayson Minnick on offense, so itâ€™s been a case of Jeremy making the most of the opportunities heâ€™s been given.â€ť