CHADRON--It was a long four-hour drive to Chadron last Friday for the Broken Bow football team. The Indians made sure the bus ride back would be fun after toppling Chadron 29-14 and in the process keeping their playoffs hopes alive.
Broken Bow opened the scoring when sophomore quarterback Marcus Miller connected with Nate Hanson for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was missed and Broken Bow led early 6-0.
Chadron would respond when Coby Riesen scored on a five-yard run. The Cardinals added the extra-point and led 7-6 after the first quarter.
Broken Bow kicker Tanner Johnson scored the only points in the second quarter when he converted a 20-yard field goal. The Indians took a 9-7 lead into half-time.
The Cardinals opened up the scoring in the third quarter when T.D. Stein hit Wade Reeves for a 20-yard touchdown pass and lead 14-9.
Broken Bow responded with what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown when Taylor O'Brien scored on a three-yard plunge. The two-point conversation failed and the Indians took a 15-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Teams win and lose games in the fourth quarter and Broken Bow imposed their running game on the Cardinals and won the fourth quarter.
Justin McCullough added two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 63-yard touchdown that put the game away for Broken Bow.
Broken Bow Coach Mike Garner said the goal was to be physical and to run the ball and it proved to work in the fourth quarter.
“Our plan coming in was to be physical and run the ball," Garner said. Our conditioning is pretty good, but I think it also shows that we really wore down Chadron’s defense, especially their defensive linemen”
One of the biggest question marks coming into the season was at the quarterback position. Garner was impressed with Miller’s game management against Chadron and how he's progressed throughout the year.
“Marcus is doing a very nice job so far. On Friday, he read an option about 75 percent of the time and did a really nice job," Garner said. "He seems to be pretty confident in himself and the players around him, and more importantly, his teammates seem to have a lot of confidence in him."
Currently Broken Bow sits at 2-2 and Garner is pleased where they have positioned themselves, but they still have a lot of work to do.
“I’ve been most impressed with our resiliency. Our two losses, to St. Paul and to Ogallala, were both very tough losses. The players felt very confident going into both of those games,” Garner said.”In the loss to Ogallala, you add the injury to Chad Christensen and it’s a lot of stuff to overcome. We are still a young team, but I think we have had some young men grow up quite a bit in the last four weeks."
The Indians travel to Ainsworth for their district opener Friday night.