After winning the first two games of the season, Broken Bow was put back on their heels in a big way, losing 49-7 to Cozad Sept. 14.
With Broken Bow being a run heavy offense, they got a taste of their own medicine as Cozad running back Jake Paulsen had a big day on the ground, rushing 25 times for 209 yards and scored four touchdowns.
His longest was a 41-yard dash to the end zone that gave the Haymakers their first touchdown of the second half.
The two teams spent the first quarter feeling each other out, playing to a 0-0 stalemate until Paulsen opened up the scoring with a five-yard run to make it 7-0 Cozad.
Broken Bow’s Zac Jones answered with what proved to be the only score of the game for the Indians on an 85-yard kick return to tie the score at 7-7.
Cozad would score twice more in the quarter on an 85-yard run by Colin Wetovick and another scamper by Paulsen from seven yards out that pushed the lead to 21-7 at the half.
Paulsen would score two more in the third on a 41-yard and 11-yard run.
Cozad had two different players score in the fourth quarter. Alex Boryca took the ball in from three yards out and Clay Trejo scored on a long 74-yard run.
Despite the loss, the Indians did have some impresive performances on each side of the ball.
Jones and Grayson Minnick provided work-horse type carries. Jones gained 221 yards on 34 carries while Minnick carried 39 times for 116 yards.
Jeremy Christner received a season-high 19 carries and racked up 88 yards.
Quarterback Marcus Miller completed eight of his 17 passes for 99 yards, his highest passing total so far this season.
Hunter Campbell continued to impress in the receiving game.
Campbell finished with 64 yards on four catches.
Jones had two receptions for 25 yards out of the backfield.
For Broken Bow coach Mike Garner, Cozad’s Paulsen just became too much as the game progressed.
“We were able to keep it close for awhile, but then that Paulsen kid just wore us down,” Garner said. “When the four yard gains turned into 15 and 20 yard gains, it got ugly.”
The cause in the defensive breakdowns had number of different factors.
“We weren’t very happy with our tackling after watching the film,” Garner said. “Part of that is due to Paulsen being a pretty darn good football player and part of that is due to our guys sometimes leaving their feet too soon and not getting formed up the way they needed to.”
Even with the loss, Broken Bow’s focus has shifted to their next game.
“Our mindset is good,” Garner said. “It was one game and it wasn’t even a district game. We watched the film on Monday and talked about some things we need to do better and now our attention has shifted to Valentine.
Valentine started the season 2-0, but dropped their last game by a score of 32-14 to Winner High School in South Dakota.
In last year’s contest Valentine held the Indians off the scoreboard with a 14-0 victory.
Broken Bow’s next home game will be their homecoming game against Ord on Oct. 5.